Our Mission. Our Purpose.

Reason Behind the Organization

StriveNation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to preparing young teenagers for their next level in life. StriveNation focuses on providing mentorship and service to train young men in the areas of academics as well as personal life skill development. Our organization promotes academic excellence, entrepreneurship, community service, and continuously provides training for our youth as they strive to reach their individual vision of excellence.

 

StriveNation understands that there are students who may not be interested in the traditional college platform. Because of that, StriveNation provides programs to enhance students’ entrepreneurship, public speaking, and trade skills, while also collaborating with other like-minded organizations to help best service the needs of our youth.

 

Throughout the year, the young teens will participate in educational activities and courses to better prepare them to become more than an average individual in today's society. Many students do not get the opportunity to engage in activities that teach politics, financial literacy, discussing multiple options for higher education, etc. StriveNation plans to increase the retention of students in underserved communities that attend high school and increase the number that attends some sort of higher education by encouraging and inspiring them through different measures.

 

 

Mission

The mission of StriveNation is to increase the number of youth who will STRIVE academically and professionally, as they develop into leaders who will provide service and advocacy for our communities.

Purpose

·         To provide quality mentoring and training to better prepare our youth for success

·         To reward graduating seniors with scholarships that will assist in their continued learning

·         To equip youth with the necessary skills to excel as entrepreneurs, skilled employees, and future leaders

·         To dedicate time and service with educational programs that properly mentors students

·         To provide a safe, fun, learning environment for all students

YOUR EXPERIENCE

IN THE CLASSROOM

YOUR MINDSET

DIRECTORS BIOS

Jeremy Craft

President

Jeremy Craft is a native of Houston, TX where he graduated from North Shore Sr. High School. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Prairie View A&M University to study Civil Engineering, and earned his Bachelor’s degree Spring 2015. While attending PVAMU, Craft was a leader in various organizations such as, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, and Collegiate 100. Before graduating, Craft served as a Youth Advisory Council Representative Speaker for the Annie E. Casey Foundation for 3 years; which allowed him to mentor and service at risk youth. Craft is a serial entrepreneur who is a Co-Founder of Perfectly Crafted, the Vice President of Sweetie Sweets, and a Brand Ambassador for Black Book Houston. In addition to his professional obligations, Craft is a member of Lone Star Lodge #85 – Hempstead, Texas.

Jamaal Rutherford

Founder/Treasurer

Jamaal Rutherford is a native of Houston, Texas that attended Prairie View A&M University. While attending PVAMU, Rutherford participated in various roles such as the Student Government Association Comptroller for 2 years, National Association of Black Accountants President, Panther Advisor Leadership, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity since 2013. After graduating in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting, Rutherford went on to receive his MBA from Prairie View in December 2017. He is currently working as a Financial/Budget Analyst for the YES Prep school district and working on building a personal finance coaching business.

Jarrick Brown

Secretary

Jarrick Brown is a native of Beaumont, Texas. After graduating from high school, Brown attended Prairie View A&M University. While attending PVAMU, Brown participated in activities such as SGA Executive Vice President for 2 years. Brown graduated from PVAMU in May 2014 with a degree in Mass Communications with a focus in Radio, Television, & Film and a minor in Social, Behavioral, and Political Science. Brown has also received his Master’s in Educational Administration with a concentration in Higher Education from PVAMU in the Fall of 2015. Currently, Brown is the Student Activities Coordinator at Texas A&M University - San Antonio. Brown’s ultimate goal is to become a HBCU President.

Kendric Jones

Program Coordinator

Kendric Jones is a native from Houston, Texas. After graduating high school, he went on to attend Prairie View A&M University. While attending PVAMU, Jones participated in numerous organization being elected Student Government Association President and to Prairie View City Council in 2017. He received his Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Economics in December of 2018. Jones currently serves the City of Prairie View Position 3 and is a small business owner.

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