Low income individuals attend a 5-month workshop. These individuals are people who are living at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and they are at a point where they want to make a lasting change. A trained facilitator (the Coach) leads the workshop. There’s a lot of learning through discussion of various topics. They explore where they are, where they want to be, and how to get there. This workshop is the first step to achieving their goals. They set their own goals. Therefore, they are called “Leaders”.
-at or below 185% of Federal Poverty guidelines
-ready to make a lasting change
-able to attend weekly meetings for two years
-open to learning and applying new ideas to moving out of poverty
Graduates of the Getting Ahead and Bridges Out of Poverty workshop continues the 2-year program by becoming part of Thrive! Team. One Leader partners with two Allies to form an intentional friendship. This provides the Leader with a support system, a source of knowledge, and also an accountability. These teams meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. During this time, the Leader and the Allies review goals and progress as well as just see how things are going in general. Additional time outside of meetings will occur - perhaps going to community events together, working on resumes or budgets, or navigating a government entity.