Presentation on theme: "Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’-by- World Building your resources for a better life! Aha ProceSs® SSVdP: EMPOWERING THOSE WE SERVE Presentation."— Presentation transcript:
1 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, Green Bay Diocese Marinette District St Joseph Conference Goodwill Industries of Northern WI and UP of MIintroduce our team – Investigators & Facilitators –– one introduce one and the other introduce the next
2 Getting Ahead Program Graduates: Kachina & BrandonMarieRandy & DeleenDeniseHeatherSuzanneKathyCarlaGroup Facilitators:UWGB Student Interns:Sherry BensonBillie KimmellJeanne M Harper, MPS
3 Getting Ahead is a… 13-15 session facilitated workshop to help individualsbuild their own personal planto get out of povertyAnd create sustainabilityfor themselves and their family.
4 13 Modules: Getting Started What's it like now Theory of Change Rich / Poor GapHidden Rules of Economic ClassEleven resourcesStages Self-assessment8. Building resources9. Community Assessment10. Creating MM’s11. Closing & Transition12. Where to Go from here13. GRADUATIONa. final project discussionb. presentation of personal MMThe first week is paperwork, organizational, team building and introductions. The last week is Graduation Celebration and presentation of your final mental model of your progress in class, as well as preparation and planning for the final group projectGetting Started – paperwork, organizational, team building & introductionsWhat's it like nowTheory of ChangeRich / Poor Gap & How it WorksHidden Rules of Economic ClassEleven resources Stages Self-assessment of resourcesBuilding resourcesCommunity Assessmentfor getting from poverty to prosperityCreating mental models (MM) for personal path out of poverty and for community prosperityClosing & TransitionWhere to Go to build personal & community resources – GRADUATION, final project discussion & presentation of personal MM
5 Positive Outcomes for Sustainability: 6 Investigator Graduates from GA 2012:Secured employmentReviewed Social Support SystemDeveloped self-determinationAcquired college grants & acceptance lettersRealized her dream was obtainable with collaborative assistanceSecured employment as Assistant Manager and developed needed resourcesReviewed Social Support System - moved in with grandparents to finish college – leaving an abusive relationship and securing dependable child careDeveloped self-determination, by sharing her story – moved back to area where she had previously been financially successful – leaving behind an abusive relationshipAcquired college grants and acceptance letters - both building a better future for their child; developed a secure home environment and granted custody of another child by developing a professional relationship with the Social Services DepartmentRealized her dream was obtainable with collaborative assistance; to graduate in August with highest honors in LPN program; offered paid position alreadySSVdP for 2 years after completion of the Getting Ahead Program –help create sustainability – assisting with gas for school, water or electric, coordination of services, reference letters, etc
6 Positive Outcome from 2013 Graduates One had her baby and was able to explore and secure needed resources - husband sescured employment with benefitsA couple were able to secure reputable Credit Counseling and Pro-Advantage program at WPS to help pay their electric billOne 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 herselfExplored financial assistance as well as Developed other resources to assist family with the birth of first child – husband secured employment with benefitsInjured at work – fight between short term disability and Workman’s Comp – lost income - Developed Credit Counseling procedures to improve possibility of sustainability - husband returned to secure employment with benefits, greater awareness of resourcesCreated empowerment awareness – developed a plan of action to obtain sustainability
7 Beginning Process Develop Community Awareness & Partners Site ReferralsCosts of training & booksWeekly Gas cards per InvestigatorLunches & SnacksWelcome bag of hygiene and paper products, notebooks, markers, pens and pencils, etcPrinting of handouts, PPT, etc.Develop a complete PSA about the program, systemic change history, Getting Ahead background, need for referrals, lunches, gas cards ---PSA to all local radios, tv daily newspapers and weekly newspapersSend to Chamber of Commerce for inclusion in online newsletter and on their websiteCreate a Bulletin blurb - Send to all area Christian Churches for inclusion in their bulletinDevelop short Radio blurbs and tape them at the Radio Station – Facilitators, Investigators and Partners can each make a few announcementsEngaged the Community to find partners: Goodwill Industries of Northeast Wisconsin and UP of Michigan -- cover costs of facilitator training, site for course, books for Investigators and gas cards for each session;Christian Churches and groups partnered to sponsor lunches and snacks,NWTC & Goodwill – 2nd year partnered by offering the site with access to refrigerator, freezer and Smart meeting rooms.Investigator Referrals come from SSVdP, FSET, NEWCAP, SALVATION ARMY, RAINBOW HOUSE – anyone working with those in need. It is a collaborative effort for referral process.
8 Three-way partnership: people in our community Taylor & Taylor:CHANGING BEHAVIORAT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL…IN WAYS THAT FIT LOCAL CIRCMSTANCES!Three-way partnership:people in our community` experts from the outsidegovernment officialsThe key to building better lives is not technical breakthroughs but CHANGING BEHAVIOR AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL…IN WAYS THAT FIT LOCAL CIRCUMSTANCES!Playing an essential role is a genuine three-way partnership among people in our community, experts from the outside, and government officialsMore imperative because of the relationship between intellectual capital (intangible assets – talents of people, character of relationships with customers in the community and its economic well-being).Once we had positive outcomes after first graduation – we began the discussion with United Way as a partner – the focus of Getting Ahead met with their major goals and goal objectives – thus a perfect unity. They secured new community facilitators to be trained so that the program can occur three-four times a year for 13 weeks. The vision is to have ongoing classes during day and evening so that more investigators can benefit from the life-changing program and create & develop sustainability for their own families, as well as improving the sustainability of the community.Each class takes on ONE local community need and develops a system to make things better for those in need in their own community – i.e. list of real resources in one place, more sensitivity in the local agencies towards their manner of treatment of those in need, creation of unique transportation programs of methods for those seeking employment, creating volunteer work for those who are unemployed – as a way to find support from others who are seeking employment and developing a process to give back while they are seeking employment.
9 Issues faced by those in poverty: Reliable Transportation – to distribute resumes or to workDependable & Affordable Child CareLaundromat tokens, Paper and Personal Hygiene ProductsFinancial Literacy, Credit & Budget CounselingMedical & Dental when unemployed – Free Clinic takes 4 months to get an appointmentDisrespectful treatment by some helping agenciesExperience needed for jobs – develop way to get the exp.Each helping agency/organization has different paperwork needed – with SAME questionsReliable Transportation – to distribute resumes or get to workDependable & Affordable Child CareLaundromat tokens, Paper Products, Personal Hygiene ProductsFinancial Literacy & Budget Counseling – Reputable Credit CounselingMedical & Dental when unemployed – Free Clinic takes 4 months to get an appointmentDisrespectful treatment by some helping agenciesExperience needed for jobs – no way to get itEach helping agency/organization has different paperwork needed – with SAME questions
11 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
12 This class…Investigator remarks Empowerment! Just do it!Put things in perspective…Mental Modules were most helpfulPut resources togetherAll helpful in one way or anotherEasy to UnderstandInteractions, discussions and class participationLearned step by step planning…Understand Poverty and MY responsibility…Empowerment! Just do it!Put things in perspective, opened my eyes to reality and what needs to be done (to become sustainable).Mental Modules were most helpfulPut resources together so that we can START the action!All helpful in one way or anotherEasy to UnderstandInteractions, discussions and class participation were the most helpful to me.Learned step by step planning and how to use our resources – looked at all options! All was very useful!One recent graduate wrote:GA helped me to: Understand Poverty,Understand where I am in the process,became an Powerful Empowerment experience of my life,Showed me how I am RESPONSIBLE to make change,that Action is needed to find resources to better my own life and then to help others with my findings of my investigations.Learned how living without an education has affected my life, job obtainment, food, health care and indebtedness.How I kept my children from feeling or seeing the stress and worries of being in Poverty.RESOURCES were there – but were/are “hidden” from those in povertyI learned I need to ASK the QUESTION and looking for answers outside the box – “GA brought out of me the questions and concerns I never thought possible to be answered.”Community Care program is there to help pay your medical billsJob Center with Debra Stacie is there to help you get a GEDFSET and Food Share are there to help you learn to budget and make better meals – learning to eat healthyGreenPath Debt Solutions is there to help me handle my debtEMPOWERMENT – learning to invest in myself and others – developing resources:AdaptSt. Vincent de PaulRainbow HouseNEWCAPMenominee Animal ShelterForward ServicesNWTCNEWI Job CenterF SETkind, patient, positive, understanding, wonderful friends and family
13 . 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. “(show the group example)Insert scans of the Mental Models Sherry Benson developed
15 Our Group’s Priorities in our MM: Hope:Important to maintain Positive AttitudeJobAffordable HousingTransportationAdult &/or Child CarePhysical & Mental Health:Health & Dental careCost of LivingNutritionBasic NeedsStigmaRelationships:Lack of SupportStressSystemsLegal IssuesTime:None for Relationships, Recreation, Family, Medical or Dental apptsSpiritual:AwarenessDevelopmentSupport
16 Ruby Payne’s Definition of Resources: FinancialEmotionalMentalFormal Register –LanguageSpiritualIntegrity & TrustPhysicalSocial: SupportRelationships/ Role ModelMotivation & PersistenceKnowledge of Hidden RulesInvestigators explain their unique awareness of Resources, they did not realize they had or that they could buildi.e. Reputable Credit Counseling – Greenpath treated us with respectInvestigation turned up all sorts of resources of which our facilitators were unaware
18 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 MMThis was a surprising awarenessCreated a Community Resource List for each of the Resource Needs in our Mental Model & Dr. Ruby Payne’s list
19 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.”Getting Ahead ReflectionWhat surprised me most about this Getting Ahead group was that these individuals resembled real, everyday, ordinary people incredibly similar to my family and myself. One of the key differences, though, was their experience in situational poverty. This program was able to help me become aware of biases I held in regards to poverty, and this program showed me what I could do to help someone in poverty.It was often apparent that there were indeed obstacles hindering the investigators from actually getting ahead in their situation. For example, this class taught of the hidden rules between the three economic classes. These rules were exemplified when the investigators were asked to make a mental model of just what was the actuality of his or her situation in comparison to the other economic classes. What was very interesting was the fact that this group of investigators decided that there was really only two classes; those in poverty and those that are wealthy. By focusing on these two mental models the investigators were able to assess which areas of the model were resource rich and which areas were resources poor or inadequate. This depiction of economic class also resembled that a large majority of community members can be seen as in poverty because they are living paycheck to paycheck.Some of the most intricate and heartfelt moments came when the investigators were able to express his or her feelings in relation to how they were treated when contacting varying resources throughout their community in order to receive assistance. Often the investigators would be disrespected, spoken to in harsh tones, and portrayed as a nuisance. One of the greatest tools the Getting Ahead program taught the investigators was how to keep asking questions. This tool helped many of the investigators to ask enough of the right questions to get what they needed.Part of the Getting Ahead program focused on scouring the community and assessing areas of resources; i.e., transportation, food pantries, housing, renting, heat/utility bills, etc. By doing this, the investigators were able to find areas within the community that could use further development to help those in poverty become self-sustainable. For example, areas that need further accessibility include transportation, fair renting, medical services for the under or uninsured, and employment.Lastly, if not the most important thing, was the way in which the Getting Ahead program was able to instill hope into the investigators taking part. This hope was seen in the gratitude the investigators expressed when he or she heard of a resource that was just what they were searching for. It was also expressed vocally during a personal testimony. One of the investigators spoke of how the program had helped her figure out that “the more you ask questions, the more you can open doors, and be able to help others.” Since our society is extremely individualistic, perhaps we should all partake in the Getting Ahead program in order to obtain an understanding of collectivity like this investigator has.
20 “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 self- sufficient 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.”
21 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 forceAnd a goal for change in our community.