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‘It’s changed my life’: Mothers in Arizona move ahead in MAMA Project’s video

November 15, 2017 Published by

“You’re going to be afraid. I was afraid. We’re afraid of change. That’s naturally who we are. I just say, ‘Just do it, and go for it,’ and I tell everybody about Getting Ahead. Like, anybody that’ll listen. It’s changed my life,” says Alisa Aponte in the featured video. Aponte…

Staying Ahead podcast debuts in partnership with Howard Community College

November 10, 2017 Published by

Getting Ahead in Howard County, Maryland, has come a long way since graduating its first Getting Ahead group last year. The Howard County Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency’s initiative has been especially focused on “Staying Ahead,” a network of resources and supports that remain available to Getting Ahead graduates after they’ve…

Use Amazon Smile to support aha! Process sites

November 1, 2017 Published by

When you shop with Amazon, you can support many Bridges Out of Poverty communities by starting from smile.amazon.com and selecting a charity. That organization then gets 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. Given the volume of business on Amazon.com, that small percentage can turn into big dividends. Bookmark…

‘We just walk along with them’: Getting Ahead in Kennett Square

October 25, 2017 Published by

The Bridges Out of Poverty initiative in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, continues to build momentum. It was the subject of a research study conducted by Kate Uhler, and the community’s Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World programs have garnered media attention as well. As detailed in this article from Chester County…

Getting out of poverty: Planning ahead while you dodge and weave

October 18, 2017 Published by

The game of life is always complicated, and sometimes the question is: Which game are we even playing? As Hugh, a Getting Ahead investigator in Arizona, shows in this graphic, the game can change depending on your situation and your goals. If you’re in poverty, life can seem a lot…

Video: OhioGuidestone works for real and lasting change at all levels

October 11, 2017 Published by

OhioGuidestone is a family services organization that uses Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World, The R Rules, and Tactical Communication to help break the cycle of poverty and build sustainability for the whole community. Watch the video to find out about the surprising way their R Rules course for high…

Video: Getting Ahead graduates’ stories from Watertown, New York

October 4, 2017 Published by

Check out this great video featuring Getting Ahead graduates from Watertown, New York. From the video description: Community Action Planning Council, Watertown Urban Mission, and the Volunteer Transportation Center teamed up to offer the first Getting Ahead workshop in the North Country. The program was sponsored by the Jefferson Leadership…

Mentoring because ‘each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built’

October 2, 2017 Published by

Nadia Lopez is the founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, which raised more than $1 million after a blog post featuring a student praising Lopez went viral. With simple strategies like telling students they matter, talking with them rather than suspending them, and steering them away from gangs and into…

CCMC named 2017 Bridges Community of the Year

September 27, 2017 Published by

Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic (CCMC) in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has been selected as the Bridges Community of the Year. The award was announced formally at the 2017 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference, which just concluded in St. Louis. CCMC’s Bridge to Hope initiative has been led by Dr.…

Getting Ahead investigator’s poem paints portrait of poverty

September 20, 2017 Published by

“Hey, we matter too!” Charisse King reminds readers in her poem “My Life in Poverty.” She wrote the poem during a Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World module titled “What Life Is Like Now.” During this module, Getting Ahead investigators examine the impact of poverty on themselves and their communities.…