Our Areas of Focus

We work in many sectors of a community to create a common language and understanding. When businesses, schools, social services, healthcare providers, law enforcement, higher education, and churches work together with people from poverty, communities thrive.

Every evening on the news there are multiple stories about violence and anger erupting. Workplace and school violence are increasingly a reality. Using a brain-based approach, Emotional Poverty helps educators and others address anger, anxiety, and violence with strategies and best practices that work. This award-winning book equips educators with calming and healing techniques to create an emotionally balanced classroom.

Reducing the social costs of poverty, strengthening the workforce, and building a more prosperous and sustainable community are goals on which most communities agree. aha! Process’s Bridges Out of Poverty community support program provides a family of concepts, workshops, and products to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. Bridges brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.

Shrinking budgets, increased mandates, and student achievement concerns. School administrators need a model that will help improve the whole school. aha! Process offers professional development for teachers and administrators, including a family of training and educational solutions that improves academic outcomes by building resources for students of all economic classes. We define poverty as resource-based—not just financial resources, but a whole spectrum of resources required for success in school and in life.

Our flagship model, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, has helped hundreds of thousands of teachers and administrators to better engage students and parents to create more successful outcomes.

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World is a book and a 16-session curriculum that helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. Getting Ahead provides people in poverty with the same information found in Bridges Out of Poverty, which was developed for professionals and others working to end poverty in the community.

The curriculum involves rigorous work done in a safe learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitator and co-facilitator. Participants, called “investigators,” are encouraged to examine their own experience of poverty and explore issues in the community that impact poverty − banking, housing, jobs, transportation − providing critical information the community can use to take action to end poverty.
Program facilitators guide investigators through an assessment of their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move to self-sufficiency. Getting Ahead puts the concepts, tools, and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.

How are instability, employee performance, and profitability related?

Our trusted Workplace Stability resources for employers are focused on addressing the challenges of economic diversity in the workplace. This framework will help you better understand the obstacles facing lower-wage employees in your business, empowering you to make changes to foster retention, growth, and productivity.

Our solutions can help you improve employee retention, your bottom line, and productivity.

Stop wasting money on hiring and training costs. Access hidden talent within your organization. With Workplace Stability, you are on your way to improving staff morale and cohesiveness and leading your business to sustainable success.

Reducing repeat offenses and conserving limited resources are critical to the criminal justice system. That is why many criminal justice professionals are turning to aha! Process’s Bridges Out of Poverty. The program enables judges, parole officers, law enforcement professionals, first responders, and others to better understand the dynamics that lead to repeated arrests and incarcerations. It also helps build the resources offenders need to break the cycle and build better lives for themselves and their families.

Improve College Graduation Rates for At-Risk Students

Are you looking for ways to increase retention of your under-resourced students? College Achievement Alliance provides your faculty and staff with resources to better understand the dynamics that cause and perpetuate poverty. Our consultants and proven practices can help your institution build the resources students need to succeed in college, on the job, and in life.

We guide postsecondary faculty, staff, and students through our trusted frameworks, leading them toward sustainable success. With College Achievement Alliance, we help you improve retention and completion rates, strengthen the first-year experience, support student persistence, build understanding of socioeconomic diversity, reduce interpersonal conflict in the classroom and on campus, and enhance service learning.

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Many individuals in our surrounding communities face obstacles to good health. Bridges to Health and Healthcare empowers healthcare professionals to better understand their patients’ challenges and equips them with strategies and resources to remove obstacles to leading healthier lives.

Our primary goals of this framework are to help reduce hospital readmissions and improve the cost of care for under-resourced patients. Based on our holistic model, we offer an approach to practitioners that considers all facets of an individual’s life in a community.

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