4:13 Strong’s intensive residential program provides vocational, life-skills and spiritual training to equip men with the knowledge they need to transform their lives. No matter what their past has held, we provide each man with the skills he needs to start a career and gain financial independence.

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How It Works

Tryouts: Mental Toughness Week

To apply for the program, participants must complete a week of physical and mental conditioning we call “Mental Toughness Week.” Men are put to the test with a series of challenges that will push them outside of their comfort zones and test their character under pressure.

Phase 1: 40-Day Challenge

During the 40-Day Challenge, men spend time in the 4:13 Strong classroom each day, where they participate in financial literacy, work readiness and construction skills training classes, as well as Bible study. The men visit multiple job sites, and earn three construction-industry certifications. Every weekend during the 40-Day Challenge, men participate in a service project or adventure outing.

Phase 2: Get to Work

Equipped with the right job skills and certifications, all men completing the 40-Day Challenge find full-time employment. With a steady paycheck and a new mindset, the men work toward buying a car with cash and saving an emergency fund. The process gives them the confidence to clearly see the path to standing on their own two feet.

Graduation Requirements

To successfully complete the program, men must have:

  • 4 months of continuous employment
  • Court fees and fines paid off
  • Driver’s license acquired or reinstated
  • Car and insurance  purchased with cash
  • $1500 emergency fund saved

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4:13 Strong Helped Me Become a Better Individual

“I knew that when I joined this program, I needed to finish it and complete it – so I pushed through. There were a lot of obstacles. There would be times when I thought, “I don’t want to do this anymore” and things would get on my nerves. But at the end of the day I realized that all the people here are here to help me – help me grow, help me get a better job, help me become a better individual. When I realized that, I knew I needed to better. These people really care, they’re really there for me, and they want me to succeed.”

Jeremy, 4:13 Strong Graduate

4:13 Strong relies on the generosity of the Nashville community to achieve our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty, crime and dependency. If you have time, talent, financial resources or job openings, we need your help.

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