Stride addresses the issue of high school drop out rates in the NYC Public School system, at the source, by keeping students in school, and encouraging participation in education beyond graduation. By utilizing an investment/reward approach, Stride requires that selected students participate in community service and internship opportunities throughout their high school years. Every year students participate in Stride, their scholarship incentives grow. After graduating from school, participants will be awarded scholarships to the college of their choice, having gained job and life skills along the way. This approach allows students to give back to their communities while investing in their own futures. Upon receiving acceptance to a university, a Stride student will be eligible to receive the promised scholarship. The program’s small size will give the students the attention they need to stay focused and committed to graduating from high school, and to gain acceptance to college.