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STRIVE founder back in Londonderry

BY Brendan McDaid

A former American criminal who turned his life around after going to rehab will today visit the Londonderry branch of a project he co-founded to help others.

New Yorker Rob Carmona, president of STRIVE National, is set to arrive at the offices at the Cresco Trust in Pump Street, Derry.

Mr Carmona was given the chance to turn his life around when referred to a drug rehabilitation project instead of being sent to jail.

Since that time, he has been committed to working with young men and women in his community to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

Now one of New York city's most respected non-profit leaders, Mr Carmona started in a basement of a public housing complex over 20 years ago.

His operation now spans 34 offices in 20 cities, across the USA and including London, Dunbartonshire (Scotland), Derry and Israel.

Visiting with Rob is Tunde Banjoko, chief executive of LEAP, an organisation in London that also delivers STRIVE, and playwright and ex-Casualty actor Kwame Kwai-Armah.

The STRIVE model is an intensive three-week employment training and placement programme that focuses on the soft-skills needed to obtain and retain employment.

Participants also gain access to mentored job placement assistance, which includes continued support such as job search resources and long-term career planning aid.

The next workshop will be on January 15, 2007. Anyone interested should contact Gillian or Cormac on 028 71269400.

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