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1 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Ruthie Liberman VP for Public Policy Using Executive Functioning Frameworks to Improve Family Stability and Economic Mobility: Mobility Mentoring™ at CWU

2 What is CWU? An innovative Boston- based action tank delivering:  programs  applied research  public policy designed to help very low-income women and families reach economic independence. Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved

3 Brief Description of CWU Clients 1,400 individuals served/year 78% have HS education or less Avg. family earnings at program start is $592/mo. 96% of families headed by a single parent Race/ethnicity: 48% Black, 20% Caucasian, 32%Latina

4 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Brain Development Video

5 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Who We Become Is a Result of Our Genes, and Our Environment Too If our childhoods are full of stress and fear, we are more likely to be easily stressed, to expect the worst, and be “hypersensitive.”

6 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Who We Become Is a Result of Our Genes, and Our Environment Too If we grow up experiencing life as filled with many opportunities, we become experienced at: –making plans –looking for the best choices….. –weighing our options…. –investing in ourselves for the future……

7 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Who We Become Is a Result of Our Genes, and Our Environment Too If we grow up experiencing life as a series of crises, that new problems await us around every corner, we become experienced at: –reacting…. –focusing on battling our immediate problems…. –trying to follow what people say we have to do to qualify for what we need…. –never planning too far ahead…….

8 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved CWU Families Have Experienced Significant Poverty and Trauma Approx. 75% are currently homeless or have recent history of homelessness; 40% report a major MH diagnosis; 43% report a history of abuse, violence, and/or trauma; 35% report a physical, cognitive, and/or MH disability that serves as a barrier to work or school; 50% have a least one child with diagnosed special needs.

9 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved From Childhood to Adulthood, Our Brains Grow New Neural Connections The more we “exercise” our brains, to do something, the better we become at it. People with predictable and rich environments are more likely to build strong “executive functioning skills”: Pausing to think about what they really want before they react to something; Searching for and finding options and alternative courses of action before taking steps; Organizing and leading complex tasks; Working for goals over long time frames.

10 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved What is the Mobility Mentoring Framework? What is the Mobility Mentoring ™ Framework? 1.Bridge to Self- Sufficiency ™ scaffolding 2.Clear goal-setting and outcomes measurement 3.Tangible rewards 4.Executive Functioning active skills-building 5.Peer support and leveraging social networks

11 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Case Management vs. Mobility Mentoring CASE MANAGEMENTMOBIILITY MENTOR Focus of roleFocus on attainment of program specific goals and elimination of obstacles to program completion Focus on coaching the client in problem solving, skill-building, persistence to attain long-term goals CaseloadsVary between ; caseloads increase as longer term clients require less time Nature of workProgram compliance and outcomes, short-term crisis intervention, referrals Coaching and mentoring for life change and complex individual goal attainment, including referrals and development of individual network Training required Para-professional, mainly on- the-job training BA plus related experience or MA; hours training

12 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Mobility Mentoring™ Framework: 1. Bridge to Self-Sufficiency ™ Scaffolding The Bridge to Self-Sufficiency ™ creates the scaffolding necessary to reach economic independence.

13 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Future-oriented Decision-making 1.Bridge to Self-Sufficiency ™ scaffolding Contextualized Decision-making

14 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Future-oriented Decision-making Contextualized Decision-making 2. Clear goal-setting and outcomes measurement

15 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Scaffolding & Goal Setting – the fundamentals of mobility mentoring Clients asses themselves and are assessed by staff for strengths and obstacles in all areas of the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency; Specific long-term goals (i.e., goals with a horizon of 18 months or more) are jointly set for clients in all areas of the Bridge; Obstacles in the Bridge Assessment are analyzed for their potential impact on clients’ attainment of the long-term goals; Specific short-term goals (usually six month to one year) are set to remediate identified obstacles and facilitate attainment of the identified long- term goals; Short-term goals are regularly re-assessed and adjusted (at least every six months or as needed) to maintain a relevant pathway to long-term goal attainment.

16 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Future-oriented Decision-making Contextualized Decision-making On your way... Goals and a Plan

17 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Mobility Mentoring™ Framework: 3.Tangible Rewards Incentives- cash, savings match, gift cards; Recognition- by mentors, peers, family, public; Measurement- of movement across the Bridge; Personal Achievements- e.g. diploma, savings, home ownership.

18 4. EF Active Skills-building & Coaching Helping to orient client to do what is in their own best interest as defined by them with practice in the following settings: Individual coaching Peer Groups Family

19 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Mobility Mentoring™ Framework 5. Developing Peer and Social Leverage Networks Peer Community Groups- cohorts with shared program goals Peer Affinity Groups- cohorts with shared personal goals within program Leveraging Social Networks- professional connections

20 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Mobility Mentoring Outcomes Program Outcomes Status at Program Start Current Status (average participant tenure of 2.5 years) Benchmark Comparisons Educational Attainment 12.8 years 83% AA Degree 21% BA or Higher Avg. graduation rates for AA enrollees in Boston = 10% Average Hourly Earnings $14.51/hour $19.72/hour (36% increase) 21% of CFOs have attained goal job ($45-50K/year) Female single parents’ median earnings in MA = $27,315/year ($13.13/hr.) <30% of MA female-headed household earn more than $45,000/yr. Avg. Personal (unmatched) IDA Savings $0$1,345/household Average total financial assets of MA very low income families = $482 Home Ownership 010% of CFOs have purchased their own homes (10% more in early stages) Nationally, less than 5% of all home owners are young unmarried women.

21 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Lessons Learned to Date 1.New science can inform better program design. 2.Working in silos works against low-income families. 3.Outcomes measurement organizational culture is crucial to goals attainment. 4.Meaningful change requires meaningful co- investment.

22 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved State TANF Policy Applications Retraining front line TANF staff TANF navigators or coaches Streamlining eligibility Loosening TANF time limits Redesign of TANF work requirements and employment & training programs New requirements for TANF vendors New state level collaborations –TANF/Higher Education –TANF/Workforce Development –TANF/Housing –TANF/Health & Mental Health

23 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved State Policy Applications Outside of TANF Community Colleges Adult Education WIA Housing Criminal Justice Housing Child Welfare

24 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved What are other policy levers?

25 Copyright ©Crittenton Women’s Union. All rights reserved Ruthie Liberman Crittenton Women’s Union One Washington Mall, 3 rd Fl. Boston, MA Phone: Questions?


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