What is the Getting Ahead program?
The Getting Ahead Program is a 14 week course that helps 10-15 individuals that equips people in generational poverty with the resources to do just that — get ahead. This incentive process delves way beyond budgeting classes and goes into understanding how to create personal and community change so families are no longer “just getting by.”
Getting Ahead participants look at the mental and emotional models that are dominant in the culture of poverty and compare them to the so-called “common sense” that governs middle class and the workplaces, schools, churches and governments shaped under it. Participants compare the rules of poverty, which they know well, with the rules of middle class, which often feel extremely foreign.
Participants set aggressive goals and action plans and look carefully at the common pitfalls and “backdoor attitudes” that may leave them short of these goals.
Does the program really work?
Altogether over 125 individuals in Hancock County have completed the program. Each one of them is proof that we can change the growing trend of poverty in our communities.
Getting Ahead Program Schedule
The program is held four times a year and last for 14 weeks. Each week there is a 2.5 hour long class during the evenings. A meal is also provided at the beginning of the class and lasts for roughly 30 minutes.
Upcoming Getting Ahead Program Events
2016 Millstream Getting Ahead Programs
Winter: Every Monday, February 22 – May 16 at 5:30pm-8:00pm
Summer: Every Monday, May 2 – August 8 at 5:30pm-8:00pm
Fall: Every Monday, September 12 – December 12 at 5:30pm-8:00pm
How do I register for a Getting Ahead Class?
To schedule a Getting Ahead training or for more information contact:
Bridges Out of Poverty Coordinator
Getting Ahead Meal Donation
Every Getting Ahead class begins with a meal for the participants, children, and volunteers. You could be a HUGE HELP by volunteering to provide a meal for a Getting Ahead class. If you are interested in supplying one or more meals during the 14 week program period please contact Carol Steegman at (419) 427-2848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Care Services
Child care is provided through volunteer support from the community. Children have the opportunity to play, learn and build a relationship with a community volunteer mentor.
Bridges Out of Poverty Training
Take an in depth look at the Bridges Out of Poverty training course to learn how you can help overcome poverty in your community by breaking down the stigmas of poverty.
Getting Ahead Program
The Getting Ahead Program is a 14 week class designed to help community members understand their living situations and build the resources needed to get to their ideal situations.