Free Webinar Series

All aha! Process webinars are recorded in full–see a list of our past webinars here.


TrueConnect: The Employee Loan Benefit Program (Doug Farry and Phil DeVol)

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm CST  

Many studies show that a majority of working families in the US live paycheck to paycheck and are not prepared for a financial emergency requiring as little as $1,000. Employers are increasingly aware that employees in toxic financial distress are less satisfied at work, less productive, and more likely to turnover. Financial stress can also lead to personal health issues like high blood pressure or increased stroke risk. These personal financial problems are not necessarily limited to the working poor; they affect families across the income spectrum. With that in mind, employers are beginning to look for solutions that can help their employees cope with personal financial issues, but in a safe, responsible way.  

TrueConnect is a free, voluntary employee benefit program offered through employers, that provides employees with access to a federally regulated small bank loan to cover unexpected emergency expenses – as an alternative to retirement loans or predatory payday and car title loans. TrueConnect loans are available up to $3,000, but limited by the employee’s ability to repay comfortably – and they are repaid through small payroll deductions over a full year. No credit score is needed to obtain a loan, but repayments are reported to the credit bureaus to help employees build or restore their personal credit.

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Rethinking Retention: Elevating College Retention Rates (Bethanie Tucker, Ed.D.)

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm CST

  • Sally dropped out of college. Why? I don’t know. She wouldn’t tell me.
  • Andy dropped out of college. Why?  He spent his tuition money on a snowmobile.
  • Annie dropped out of college. Why? Her boyfriend told her to.
  • Johnny dropped out of college. Why? He didn’t complete his project and failed my class.
  • Susie dropped out of college before she even got started. Why? Well, she never completed her application.

If any of the above scenarios sound familiar, join us for a webinar on Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students to examine cause and strategies for addressing the high dropout rate of those who are in greatest need of the boost that only a college degree can offer.

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Getting Ahead: National Results and Reports (Phil DeVol & Kyle Minkler)

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm CST

Have you been waiting and wishing for more robust reports concerning the outcome of the Getting Ahead curriculum? Your wait is over! The partnership between aha! Process and Charity Tracker has reached the level of being able to provide reports showing results from many different Getting Ahead classes in many different locations. Join Phil DeVol, author of the Getting Ahead curriculum and Kyle Minkler, Simon Solutions, as they discuss results from the initial reports. For agencies/organizations that have chosen to use Charity Tracker, reports can now be accessed from one site, a specific state and from every site that is inputting Getting Ahead information into the database. The reports can be used for grant writing and to provide outcomes to show steering committees and a board of directors contemplating providing Getting Ahead classes.

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Essential Leadership Qualities of the Successful Collaborator (Tim Rogers, Lead Pastor, Grace Point Church, Paradise, PA & Erik Orndorff, Superintendent, Pequea Valley School District, Kinzers, PA)

Thursday, March 2, 2016, 11:00am-12:00pm CDT

This webinar will explore essential leadership qualities for those looking to lead successful collaborative efforts in their communities. Going beyond leadership in one’s own organization, Tim and Erik will consider how to develop the kind of leadership that brings other organizational leaders with differing agendas toward meaningful collaboration.

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PACK2PACK – Donated Furniture and Household Items Find Homes with North Carolina State University Low-Income Students (Taylor Spoon and Sarah Wright, North Carolina State University TRIO Program)

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm CDT

Pack2Pack focuses on economic sustainability for NCSU students with a $0 expected family contribution in a program called Pack Promise Scholars. The University has made a financial commitment to the students selected for the Pack Promise Program by understanding the unique talents and perspectives these students contribute to the University community while also understanding their financial limitations.

In this webinar we will learn how Pack2Pack is providing Pack Promise Scholars a direct means to best manage and use their financial aid package, which includes students using funds once devoted to basic household items to fund study abroad, unpaid internships and research projects, travel expenses to internships and volunteer projects and health care. Pack2Pack engages the campus and extended community to donate gently used furniture and household items and then pop-up shops are scheduled so students are able to select needed items within a shopping atmosphere.

Join this webinar to learn how your campus and local community can band together to prevent higher education students from “stopping out” due to financial constraints. Strengthening students’ financial resources is critical to their degree attainment.

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