User’s Guide Description

Getting-Out-User-Guide-FrontGetting Ahead: What It’s All About

  1. Overview
  2. Philosophy of Getting Ahead
  3. Description: The Kitchen-Table Learning Experience
  4. The Process: How It Works
  5. How to Organize and Run a Getting Ahead Initiative
  6. How to Provide Getting Ahead while Getting Out inside Correctional Institutions
  7. Data Collection, Evaluations, Reports, and Social Media
  8. The Getting Ahead while Getting Out Reentry Model
  9. How Getting Ahead while Getting Out Fits into Bridges Initiatives

Support for GA Graduates

  1. Investigators’ Initiatives—Support for Each Other
  2. Community Models That Benefit GA Graduates
  3. Institutional and Sector Approaches That Benefit GA Graduates

Support for Facilitators and Co-Facilitators

  1. Facilitator Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude
  2. Patterns in the Workbook
  3. Knowledge of Oneself as a Facilitator
  4. Continuous Learning
  5. Things to know: Michelle’s Hidden Rules of Prison Life
  6. Things Facilitators Need to know about working with offenders
  7. Things to know about working with returning citizens
  8. Things to know about working with staff of the penal system
  9. Working with Adults
  10. Information About Groups
  11. Suggested Schedule of Modules per Session
  12. Tips for Running the Groups
  13. Support for Facilitators
  14. Module-by-Module Instructions


  1. Sequence and Reinforcement of Key Concepts Found in Getting Ahead
  2. Getting Ahead—the Purpose of Each Module
  3. Model Fidelity Elements for Conducting the Getting Ahead Workshop
  4. Activity: Newspapers and Magazines—Understanding How Economic Disparity Affects Us Concretely and
  5. Sustainable Communities Where Everyone Can Live Well
  6. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  7. Data Collection, Evaluations, Research, and Social Capital
  8. Websites
  9. Glossary of Terms Used in Corrections and This User Guide