The docu-series focuses on a real life program called "Strive" that has affiliates throughout the United States. The series was shot at Second Chance in San Diego, a nonprofit organization that has been offering Strive training for the past 14 years. The core program is designed to train students within four weeks and get them into paid employment quickly. The program aims to remove barriers to employment and, for many people, Strive presents them with their first chance to learn about the skills and behavior expected and required in a workplace environment. Since its founding in 1984, Strive has graduated nearly 50,000 individuals from its core training programs across the country, with over 3,000 graduates and over 2,200 graduates placed into jobs in 2011. Notably, many of the Strive instructors are graduates of the program themselves.
Marco Bresaz serves as executive producer for Sundance Channel. Matt Sharp and Jeff Grogan will serve as executive producers for Sharp Entertainment.