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Sundance Channel to Document a Program for the Chronically Unemployed in 'Get to Work'

'Get to Work' Chris Ragazzo/Sundance Channel
The Sundance Channel will explore a last-chance program for the chronically unemployed in its new docu-series "Get to Work," announced today and set to premiere in August. An eight-part show with hour-long episodes, "Get to Work" will focus on STRIVE, a four-week program intended to get people into paid jobs quickly by removing barriers to employment by teaching them workplace skills and behavior.

It is, according to the Sundance Channel's announcement, a "hardcore boot camp that gives hope to the chronically unemployed: those who have no jobs, no direction, and seemingly no chance. It’s a high-stakes make-or-break moment and, for most of the students, this is their last crack at a real future. But it doesn’t come easy: as they push their students to learn workplace skills that will land them a job, the instructors contend with those who have never learned anything other than bad attitudes and bad behavior. Not everyone makes it to graduation."

Shot at STRIVE affiliate Second Chance in San Diego, "Get to Work" is being executive produced by the network's own Marco Bresaz along with Matt Sharp and Jeff Grogan ("Intervention") from Sharp Entertainment. Robert Coleman, Executive Director of Second Chance, said in the announcement that “We are thrilled that Sundance Channel, a network intent on respectful and authentic programming, is pushing these important issues to the forefront by depicting the realities of today’s job environment and the experiences of those in our program."

Check out a video produced by Second Chance documenting the experiences of two of the program's graduates below:

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