Call for nominations: Honoring Bridges Community Award

June 13, 2019 Published by

The fourth annual Honoring Bridges Community Award committee is taking nominations! The selected site will be announced at the 2019 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty Conference. The selected community will receive $1,000 in free products from aha! Process and will be featured on the aha! Process website and in the newsletter. With…

Break the silence

June 7, 2019 Published by

One crisp afternoon in October 1986, after working the overnight shift as a New York State trooper, I awakened to my six-year-old daughter crying. Hugging her, I asked. “Baby, what’s wrong?” “Kids at school teased me about my name.” “What did they say?” I asked. Shaking, she explained they said…

How understanding class environments can help solve problems

June 4, 2019 Published by

Bridges Across Every Divide has the keys to understanding the class divisions in the USA. From creating a mental model to understanding that people in poverty are not the problem, but rather are problem solvers, the book begins the education of the reader on modern class divisions. Only by bringing…

Getting Ahead in the Workplace

Building a support system with Getting Ahead in the Workplace

May 20, 2019 Published by

I participated in Getting Ahead in the Workplace (GAW) in 2017 while I was an employee at Sunshine Communities in Toledo, Ohio. Everyone knows everyone in Toledo. It is friendly to me. My circle that I have is really friendly. I think people are trying to do things here to…

The Bridges model ‘rocks’ both sides of the aisle

May 14, 2019 Published by

Chapter 2 of Bridges Across Every Divide is the beginning of understanding the Bridges concepts, both to understand how it is a tool for today in dealing with poverty, and also in the future in dealing with the current deficits of our democracy. Telling people what to do is like…

NHL team honors Getting Ahead While Getting Out facilitator

May 9, 2019 Published by

Raymond Pawlicki is a Getting Ahead While Getting Out champion. He was recently recognized by the Tampa Bay Lightning professional hockey team for his work providing prison reentry along with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The NHL team made a celebratory video about Pawlicki, and they gifted him…

Buy the fries: Financial advice doesn’t work when you’re poor

May 7, 2019 Published by

“Savings tips are classist garbage and belong in the trash.” That’s what the subtitle of a recent article from Vice says, and it’s so true. If you are working 60 hours a week at two part-time food-service jobs like the person in this article, and you’re making $23,000 a year,…

Emotional Poverty wins Independent Publisher IPPY Award

May 3, 2019 Published by

Author and educational speaker Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., won an Independent Publisher’s (IPPY) award in the education category for her latest book, Emotional Poverty in All Demographics: How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety, and Violence in the Classroom. The book, published in 2018, was recognized as one of the top three…

Neighboring 101 video captures message of Getting Ahead

May 2, 2019 Published by

This video is an oldie but a goodie. The testimonials from Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World graduates in Shawnee, Oklahoma, really capture the spirit of Getting Ahead. These are the kinds of results that are possible when communities focus resources on lifting up those who live in poverty.

Bootstraps: Economic mobility mythology and justice

April 30, 2019 Published by

Grueling tests and successful completion initiated the process and ultimately my acceptance into The New York State Police’s Elite Mobile Response Team (SWAT). Many failed to join the ranks. I was the first and for many years the only member of color on this team. As an Afro-Caribbean Taíno Indian,…