Getting Ahead Program

My life had been spiralling out of control for almost a year and now, at this moment, everything came crashing down. All I could think was “Mindy, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” 

Mindy, Getting Ahead Program Client

Mindy's Story

As I sat in my car looking at the red and blue lights in my rear view mirror waiting for the officer to approach my window, I knew that my secret was going to be exposed. I thought about all the people in my life that would be hurt and disappointed by the news. Crack became the only thing I cared about. My two boys, family, my college education, and financial responsibilities were no longer a priority. I was [arrested and] charged with possession of cocaine. While I was awaiting my sentencing, I was in shock that I had gotten to the point that I was facing a felony charge. I mean, ME, a young woman who was raised in a small county school in a middle class family, now with two kids, a job, and a place to myself. It allowed me to take a hard look at my life and exactly what I was doing not only to myself but to everyone around me. Something had to change.

Read the rest of Mindy’s story.

Getting Ahead Program

Equipping people in generational poverty with the resources and knowledge they need to understand unspoken social and cultural norms between classes and excel through:

Pairing up with a volunteer Ally and setting goals


Evaluating resources, expanding opportunities, and gaining new perspectives


Identifying and learning hidden social rules of economic classes

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