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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...

Newest poverty statistics available now

May 13, 2019 Published by

When new poverty statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau become available, aha! Process compiles the relevant data in easy-to-use formats. Please download the PowerPoint slides featuring the latest poverty statistics today. For a more detailed description of the changes from last year to this year, please visit the U.S. Census...

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,...

Classroom crisis: Teachers are leaving their jobs

May 6, 2019 Published by

A recent story from the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon, reports that increasing levels of verbal and physically violent classroom disruptions are causing teachers to leave their schools. “This one student was daily, by the hour, getting up, bullying kids, putting his hands on kids,” says one teacher in the...

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,...

MAMA program going strong in Arizona

April 26, 2019 Published by

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’-By-World is part of the MAMA (Mothers in Arizona Moving Ahead) Program in Tuscon, Arizona. These are remarkable results due to the hard work of the investigators and the comprehensive approach in Tuscon. The catalyst is the Pima County Health Department and the Community Services, Employment,...