Over 16-20 weekly sessions, the Getting Ahead program helps low-income adults transition into self-sufficiency by facilitating a process for people to investigate economic realities, examine their own lives, complete a self-assessment of resources and make plans to build on them. Through this co-investigative process, participants learn to take responsibility for their decisions and lives. The program also shows its participants how to use the hidden rules of middle class to build up personal resources and create social capital (connections in/to the middle class) that help them transition to self-sufficiency. Getting Ahead does not provide answers or arguments for change . . . instead it generates motivation, insight and plans from the participants themselves. Upon completion of the program, participants have a renewed sense of hope and have gained the self-confidence to execute a plan of their own to create a "new future story". Subsequent to the program, graduates are matched with subject-matter mentors to provide role models and be a resource in a specific area of need.
With the help of Judge Alicia Littlefield, Bridges is expanding the Getting Ahead Program to include individuals in the Community who want and need to plan for a more stable future.
Individuals living in generational or situational poverty who want to get ahead.
You may sign up by contacting Nancy Edwards 918-257-1230.