To see youth discover the joys of productivity in a safe, supportive environment where they can know their value, purpose and place in Christ and our community.
To mobilize local churches in transforming the lives of youth through training and mentoring in a work environment.
THRIVE is a ministry of Love INC of the Black Hills.
When researching the needs in our community, we found a lack of programming for at-risk youth (age 14-17) for strong employment and life-modeling opportunities. We also found employers expressing frustration over lack of competent employees with positive work and life skills.
THRIVE provides our local youth a faith based supportive onramp into the employment world where they can:
THRIVE YOUTH is a hands-on faith-based life skills employment program for youth ages 14-17 set in an outdoor adventure retail environment. Participants learn employer expectations by working alongside adult mentors in a retail store in a seamless mastery driven environment. Skills development includes receiving, sorting, reconditioning, repairing, pricing, marketing, merchandising, online sales, floor sales, customer service, back office, cash register, janitorial, scheduling, and other general work skills.
THRIVE RESALE is an all seasons adventure gear store that provides the work environment for THRIVE YOUTH. Donations and consignments are accepted for outdoor gear and clothing. Accepted items include gear for biking, hiking, running, hunting (no guns or knives), skiing, boarding, camping, fishing, water sports, and tennis-racquetball. The youth work in all aspects of the retail environment.
THRIVE INSIDE is a furniture and home decor resale store that provides additional work opportunities for THRIVE YOUTH to upscale and recondition donated items for sale.
THRIVE is developing on several fronts at once. Here are the major milestones we need to reach in order to open and start training youth.