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Getting Ahead

​​The goal of Getting Ahead:

To help individuals in poverty to build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. By creating an actionable plan for change graduates of the Getting Ahead program build the capacity to move towards being financially self-sufficient.

The Getting Ahead curriculum:

  • Involves work done in a safe learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitator and co-facilitator with lived experience of poverty.
  • Enables you, the participant, (also known as “investigators”) to examine your own experience of poverty as well as explore issues in the community that impact poverty (banking, housing, jobs, transportation). This will provide critical information the community can use to take action to end poverty.
  • Guides you through an assessment of your own resources and how to build those resources as part of your move to self-sufficiency.
  • Puts the concepts, tools, and relationships in your hands to help you make a difference in your own life and in the lives of your community.

Getting Ahead and Circles

As a graduate of the Getting Ahead program, you will have the opportunity to become a Leader in the Circles initiative. Leaders have a unique role at Circles.

They are on a journey to become financially self-sufficient.

A Circles Leader leads, receives and gives support within the circle.  The Leader works with their Allies to build his or her plan and uses their lived knowledge and skills as problem solving tools for individual goals and poverty issues in the community. There they will have the opportunity to harness the knowledge they gain from their increased social capital and support systems, engage in long-term positive reciprocal relationships and move towards long-term financial self-sufficiency.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the Simcoe County Circles Initiative


Contact us TODAY if you’re interested in the next Getting Ahead workshop!
For more information on the Midland/Penetanguishene Getting Ahead program, please contact Vicki at 705-790-6169.