The following poem was written by Tracie Shipp, a graduate of Burlington Building Bridges in Burlington, Iowa.

Tracie is a Getting Ahead graduate. The aha! Process Getting Ahead program offers participants a facilitated group setting that leads them, step by step, through a process of self-discovery. Participants not only learn how they go to where they are now, but they are empowered to see a path to the future life they want. Getting Ahead participants build relationships with peers and mentors who make the Getting Ahead journey together.