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‘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...

Trick-or-treating: Why it is so important in poverty

October 23, 2017 Published by

Dak Prescott, the quarterback for the Cowboys, got my attention when I found out that he kept candy in his locker. I saw it in a video showing Ezekiel Elliott trying to take and eat Dak’s candy. And I thought, “That is something you do when you are an adult...

Audiobook excerpt: Crossing the Tracks for Love

October 20, 2017 Published by

What does it mean to be involved with or married to someone who comes from a different class background? Negotiation and a keen understanding of what is occurring are important. Knowledge of the hidden rules is important. Being able to talk about the hidden rules is even more crucial. These...

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...

First-generation college students face more barriers than money

October 16, 2017 Published by

The Washington Post article “First-Generation College Students Are Not Succeeding in College, and Money Isn’t the Problem” highlights some of the reasons first-generation students struggle, in spite of their many strengths and extraordinary determination. One such hurdle is the mismatch between under-resourced college students’ skills and experiences and those required...

Podcast: Emotional wealth

October 13, 2017 Published by

What I hear from educators more than anything else right now is the numbers of children who are coming to them with emotional issues. Anxiety. The number of parents who are out of control. Kindergartners who are actually in alternative centers for their behavior. So how do we begin to...

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...

Many bridges to cross: Burned butter

October 9, 2017 Published by

Mediation entails explaining to a child not only what to do but also why and how to complete a task. Parents who are overwhelmed with life’s demands sometimes forget or are not aware of the benefits of mediating their children. This episode from my life illustrates what can happen when...

Podcast: TrueConnect means no more payday loans

October 6, 2017 Published by

Phil DeVol and Doug Farry Our topic today is predatory lending and what to do about it. Those of us who have learned directly from people in poverty and those who are struggling to get by and Getting Ahead investigators know that predatory lending practices are a poverty trap. Those...

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...