Posts by Phillip DeVol:

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World management: Problem solving

April 3, 2017 Published by

Getting Ahead has been in use since 2004. During that time very few serious problems have come to my attention. The problems ranged from a disruptive group member to a suicidal threat. Between those extremes there were problems like a child abuse charge, a threat of violence, some cases of…

Las Artes Getting Ahead report highlights program successes

March 14, 2017 Published by

Las Artes Arts and Education Center offers a unique learning environment set in one of Tucson, Arizona’s poorest yet most culturally vibrant communities. The center helps youth ages 17–22 to obtain a GED. Many of these students have not been successful in traditional schools and are at risk for under-employment…

Report shows 62% of Getting Ahead grads have reduced their use of benefits

February 7, 2017 Published by

The first national report of Getting Ahead (GA) outcomes, which was released in early January, shows 62% of GA graduates reduced their use of benefits, 74% decreased their total debt, and 38% increased their monthly income. Thanks to the 199 participating GA grads, facilitators, and organizers from 38 sites in…

Getting Ahead grads are going to work. But what if available jobs add to instability?

March 4, 2015 Published by

@PhilDeVol Summary:  People completing Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World (GA) frequently enter a work world of instability and disengagement. Instability is associated with flex hours, temporary work, outsourced contractual work, and part-time jobs instead of full-time work. Disengagement comes from being expendable to the employer; not having a meaningful…

Bridges in Australia: First Bridges Trainer Certification Event Held in Australia

March 27, 2013 Published by

by Phil DeVol Those who are familiar with Bridges Out of Poverty will be interested to know that Bridges in Australia is developing poverty reduction in very much the same way that it did in the U.S. Of course, it didn’t happen overnight in Australia—but from a distance it seems…

Introduction to Revised Edition of Getting Ahead Facilitator Notes

March 1, 2013 Published by

Here is a transcript of the video author Phil DeVol did regarding what’s new in the latest edition of Getting Ahead that was released last fall. This video is located here. Hi, I’m Phil DeVol, author of Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World. I want to talk to those of…

Getting Ahead: What’s new?

September 6, 2012 Published by

I thought you might like to know that I’m working on a new edition of Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World. GA first came out in 2004 and our community of practice has learned a lot about how to run the groups. It’s time to apply that learning. I’ve made…

Reducing Poverty: Circles Campaign and Scott Miller Receive National Attention

August 31, 2011 Published by

By Phil DeVol Those of you who work on reducing poverty by providing Bridges and Getting Ahead™ to the Circles Campaign (national Bridges trainers, Certified Bridges Trainers, Licensed Bridges sites, and Getting Ahead facilitators) can be proud of the roles you have played in their recent accolades. Huffington Post has named Scott Miller…

Two ways we look at resources

August 24, 2010 Published by

Ruby Payne defines poverty as the extent to which we do without resources. The beauty of that definition is that it gives us (individuals and communities) something positive to do to reduce poverty or to help others out of poverty—that is, to build resources. But that is not how resources…

Two kinds of aha! moments

August 16, 2010 Published by

People who attend Bridges and Getting Ahead workshops will often tell our trainers and facilitators that they had an aha! moment. (Thus, the name of the company.) Looking back over my years of presenting, it occurs to me that there are at least two kinds of aha! moments. One of…