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BB&T ‘Bank Bus’ brought in by Bucks County Opportunity Council

April 11, 2019 Published by

The Bucks County Opportunity Council joined forces with BB&T bank to bring that bank’s Bank Bus to Bucks County. Bank users and unbanked individuals alike were invited to visit. The mobile banking and education unit provides free information, credit reports, and tax services. It’s really more like a mobile classroom…

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Getting Ahead mental model from Ruben Perez and Phil DeVol

April 10, 2019 Published by

aha! Process national consultant Ruben Perez and Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World author Phil DeVol have developed a new mental model for Getting Ahead. In this short video, DeVol walks you through the model. Share this with anyone thinking of implementing Getting Ahead in their community. Bridges Out of…

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United for a Fair Economy spotlight on Phil DeVol

April 9, 2019 Published by

Phil DeVol was interviewed by the nonprofit United for a Fair Economy (UFE) about the role their work plays in Getting Ahead. “I use UFE’s materials in each of my Getting Ahead books and workshops. The UFE activities using bodies to represent data are a great way to generate discussions,”…

What is Ruby reading?

March 26, 2019 Published by

The book iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood by Jean Twenge talks about students born after 1995. These students are currently in middle school, high school, and college. Twenge looked at four “large, nationally representative surveys of 11…

Getting out of poverty with Investigations into Economic Class in America

March 12, 2019 Published by

I recently had the privilege of interviewing a graduate of Investigations into Economic Class in America. The following interview shows her growth and understanding. Ruth Weirich: Welcome. This interview is about you taking the college course called Investigations into Economic Class in America. Please tell us your name and where…

‘It is a part of me, but it does not define me’

February 25, 2019 Published by

When my son filled out his college admission forms, he was required to write an essay about himself. He did not mention being gay. I asked him why, and he said, “It is a part of me, but it does not define me. When you write an autobiography of yourself,…

Equity: The courage to be unfair

February 19, 2019 Published by

Before I accepted a position at Charlotte Family Housing and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, I read Charlotte’s Leading on Opportunity report. I was immediately impressed by the earnest desire and unequivocal commitment of Charlotteans to change the city’s two and a half centuries of systemic discrimination and disenfranchisement of…

Podcast: Bridges goes legally blonde!

February 12, 2019 Published by

Treasure McKenzie and Sherry Sides discuss the impact of having a lawyer available to Getting Ahead participants and others in the Bridges Out of Poverty community of practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Listen to the podcast.