Low income individuals attend a 6-month workshop, "Getting Ahead", March -August. These individuals are struggling and are ready to make a lasting change. A trained facilitator (the Coach) leads the workshop.
Through discussions, 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 and are leading themselves to a stable and thriving future. Therefore, they are called “Leaders”.
-at or below 185% of Federal Poverty guidelines
-ready to make a lasting change
-committed to attending weekly meetings for two years
-open to learning and applying new ideas to moving out of poverty
Sessions start in March every year with enrollment open in January and February. Limited spots are available.
Graduates of the Getting Ahead class workshop continue the 2-year program with a combination of classes and mentors.
Classes, on the even Thursdays, address topics in the "Survive, Strive, Thrive" curriculum and help Leaders build resources. Topics include Making Good Decisions, Financial Management, Self-Esteem, Healthy Relationships, and more.
Odd Thursdays are Team Nights. A Team consists of one Leader and two Allies, forming an intentional relationship. This provides the Leader with a support system, a source of knowledge, and also an accountability. 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 may occur - perhaps going to community events together, working on resumes or budgets, or navigating a government entity.