Getting Ahead Program:
St. Dorothea Conference, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Inc. is planning to host our second Getting Ahead Workshop in Spring 2017. We are actively recruiting participants and mentors for the program.
Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World is a book and workshop developed by aha! Process to help individuals in poverty build resources for better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. aha! Process adopts Dr. Ruby Payne’s definition of understanding poverty as the varying degrees to which a person lacks any one of following nine resources: Financial, Language (ability to speak in formal register), Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Physical, Support systems, Relationships/role models, and/or Knowledge of middle class hidden rules. These resources (or the lack of them) have an impact on a person’s ability to handle stressful situations.
The Getting Ahead curriculum:
- Involves rigorous work done in a safe learning environment with the support of a facilitator and co-facilitator.
- Enables participants, called “investigators,” to examine their own experience of poverty as well as explore issues in the community that impact poverty − banking, housing, jobs, transportation − providing critical information the community can use to take action to end poverty.
- Guides investigators through an assessment of their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move to self-sufficiency.
- Puts the concepts, tools, and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.