Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead – Getting Ahead is both a workbook and an experience. It’s based on Philip DeVol’s Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life. Participants, called Investigators, work in groups to examine the impact of poverty on themselves and their communities and to explore the world through the lens of economic class. The aim is to provide a safe, agenda-free learning environment where adults can reflect on and examine their lives, investigate new information that is relevant to them, assess their own resources, make plans for their own future stories, and offer ideas for building a prosperous community.  The unique part of this experience is that it puts the learning and growing directly in the hands of the investigators. They are empowered to seek for themselves rather than being lectured. Getting Ahead will meets weekly in the fall and will provide free childcare and dinner for the investigators and their families.

Serves: Adults 18+


Adult Allies – January – June – While similar to a mentorship program, we hope that Allies will be mutually beneficial to neighborhood participants (graduates) and their “allies.”  The Getting Ahead graduates have much to teach about their neighborhood and what they know and have learned about poverty. While the allies can help them practice networking and work on some financial goals, we want both graduates and allies to be able to hold each other accountable spiritually. The commitment required is to meet weekly (day still TBD) with their partner for 6 months, understanding that travel sometimes interferes.  Our hope is that these relationships become close, life-long friendships, which foster more stable lives for everyone involved.

Serves: Adults who have graduated from the Getting Ahead program



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