GETTING AHEAD IN A JUST-GETTING’-BY- WORLD BUILDING YOUR RESOURCES FOR A BETTER LIFE! AHA PROCESS® SSVDP: EMPOWERING THOSE WE SERVE PRESENTATION FOR UNITED WAY JUNE 14, 2013 GREEN BAY DIOCESE MARINETTE DISTRICT ST JOSEPH CONFERENCE GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF NORTHERN WI AND UP OF MI GETTING AHEAD PROGRAM GRADUATES: Kachina & Brandon Marie Randy & Deleen Denise Heather Suzanne Kathy Carla Group Facilitators: UWGB Student Interns: Sherry Benson Billie Kimmell Jeanne M Harper, MPS GETTING AHEAD IS A… 13-15 session facilitated workshop to help individuals build their own personal plan to get out of poverty And create sustainability for themselves and their family. 13 MODULES: 1. Getting Started 8. Building resources 2. What's it like now 9. Community Assessment 3. Theory of Change 10. Creating MM’s 4. Rich / Poor Gap 11. Closing & Transition 5. Hidden Rules of 12. Where to Go from here Economic Class 13. GRADUATION 6. Eleven resources a. final project discussion 7. Stages Self- b. presentation of assessment personal MM POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR SUSTAINABILITY: 6 Investigator Graduates from GA 2012: Secured employment Reviewed Social Support System Developed self-determination Acquired college grants & acceptance letters Realized her dream was obtainable with collaborative assistance POSITIVE OUTCOME FROM 2013 GRADUATES One had her baby and was able to explore and secure needed resources - husband sescured employment with benefits A couple were able to secure reputable Credit Counseling and Pro-Advantage program at WPS to help pay their electric bill One created empowerment awareness working on her GED and has her plan of action for sustainability: budget for when she gets a job to secure housing for herself BEGINNING PROCESS Develop Community Awareness & Partners Site Referrals Costs of training & books Weekly Gas cards per Investigator Lunches & Snacks Welcome bag of hygiene and paper products, notebooks, markers, pens and pencils, etc Printing of handouts, PPT, etc. TAYLOR & TAYLOR: CHANGING BEHAVIOR AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL… IN WAYS THAT FIT LOCAL CIRCMSTANCES! Three-way partnership: ` people in our community experts from the outside government officials ISSUES FACED BY THOSE IN POVERTY: Reliable Transportation – to distribute resumes or to work Dependable & Affordable Child Care Laundromat tokens, Paper and Personal Hygiene Products Financial Literacy, Credit & Budget Counseling Medical & Dental when unemployed – Free Clinic takes 4 months to get an appointment Disrespectful treatment by some helping agencies Experience needed for jobs – develop way to get the exp. Each helping agency/organization has different paperwork needed – with SAME questions GETTING AHEAD IS BASED ON A “THEORY OF CHANGE”: People in poverty need an accurate perception of how poverty impacts their lives and an understanding of economic realities as a starting point both for reasoning and for developing plans for transition. Phil DeVol THIS CLASS…INVESTIGATOR REMARKS Empowerment! Just do it! Put things in perspective… Mental Modules were most helpful Put resources together All helpful in one way or another Easy to Understand Interactions, discussions and class participation Learned step by step planning… Understand Poverty and MY responsibility… MENTAL MODELS… …were used for comprehension and reasoning – “it was fun to EXPLORE without boundaries.” Investigators were able to move from the concrete to the abstract – “it was a great exercise. “ OUR GROUP’S PRIORITIES IN OUR MM: Hope: Important to maintain Positive Attitude Job Affordable Housing Transportation Adult &/or Child Care Physical & Mental Health: Health & Dental care Cost of Living Nutrition Basic Needs Stigma Relationships: Lack of Support Stress Systems Legal Issues Time: None for Relationships, Recreation, Family, Medical or Dental appts Spiritual: Awareness Development Support RUBY PAYNE’S DEFINITION OF RESOURCES: Financial Emotional Mental Formal Register – Language Spiritual Integrity & Trust Physical Social: Support Relationships/ Role Model Motivation & Persistence Knowledge of Hidden Rules WE THEN APPLIED THIS TO OUR MM: Investigators found many of the local, state and federal resources for each of our areas of need in our MM This was a surprising awareness Created a Community Resource List for each of the Resource Needs in our Mental Model & Dr. Ruby Payne’s list FACILITATOR’S EXPERIENCE: I became aware of my own biases in regards to poverty…(which I was unaware of before this GA experience.) The Investigator’s saw a reality of “only two classes – those who are in poverty and those who are wealthy.” …Getting Ahead program taught the investigators how to keep asking questions….(they learned to) ask enough of the right questions to get what they needed. Investigators were able to find areas within the community that could use further development to help those in poverty become self-sustainable; i.e. transportation, fair renting, medical services for the under or uninsured, and employment. Getting Ahead program was able to instill hope into the investigators – one said, “the more you ask questions, the more you can open doors, and be able to help others.” “We have just started the course, but I believe it has opened the door for discussions on change and how to reach change. Individuals who take the course are more aware of their need and ability to be selfsufficient and also the community has become aware of how (the Investigators) can help to make positive, permanent changes through education; how to set SMART goals that we will pursue with vigilance…the whole and the possible solutions with big business with numbers and people to back up some of the concerns. Overall, we did a good job of exposing some of the common dilemmas and starting to address them with people from the community.” ON SYSTEMATIC CHANGE… we covered a lot of things in class in reference to the community as a whole and the needs to improve upon from all levels: organizations and groups, as well as individuals... to create a unified force And a goal for change in our community.