Striving families go from no GED to PhD

Strive 2 Thrive graduates go one to financial success. / Jessica Fairley

Seven families are living proof that the concept for a 'hand up and not a hand out' actually works.

After two and a half years, Strive 2 Thrive has graduated its first class of families out of poverty.

During Thursday's ceremony, these families told their story of success. Many are single mothers who, in-spite of trials, achieved their high school GED or their associate's degree.

There are even a few graduates who've completed their bachelor's degree and are now working on their doctorate degree.

"It really takes for a person to be stable in the mind to make the choice to be a part of Strive 2 Thrive and I made that decision. I really got tired of trying to do things on my own," said Shanika Owens.

The founder of the national Circles program also made a trip to Albany to celebrate this milestone with the graduates.

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