Getting Ahead

“Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’-By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life”

Are you stuck in a life rut? Have you been trying different things but can’t move forward? Do you want to throw your hands up and give up?

Get off the hamster wheel and participate in Getting Ahead to explore who you are, join a community to talk about how you got to the place where you are now, and learn strategies to help you move forward.

What is Getting Ahead?

Getting Ahead is a small group program that looks at poverty and unstable situations through the lens of economic class to better understand how our society works. Participants will become “investigators” in the program who examine their own experience of hardship as well as explore community issues that impact poverty such as housing, jobs, relationships, and transportation. The purpose of Getting Ahead is to help investigators identify areas of action and movement in their own lives to help them move forward towards a better future.

Who is in the class?

Getting Ahead is available for everyone who wants to learn how to move ahead in their life. Anyone willing to consider new ideas in a respectful and curious way is welcome to participate in the program. In this class, investigators can find a group of like-minded people who want to get ahead in life. Getting Ahead is led by two instructors with excellent life and academic achievements. Dr. Regina Lewis and Michele Thompson, who have moved out of poverty themselves.

Getting Ahead participants with their storyboards at graduation – charting where they have been, where they currently are, and their vision for their future.

Why should I be interested?

Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.” Does this sound like what you feel like every time you think about trying to change your situation? Getting Ahead helps you acquire the tools to make changes in your life; address issues that have been buried that often paralyze one from moving forward.

What will I benefit from Getting Ahead?

Getting Ahead looks at your life now – if we’re going to do something about poverty, we had better know and have accurate, specific and complete pictures of poverty and instability in our community. This program explores the following areas:

  • Theory of Change: When daily life is unpredictable and unstable, people can spend all day just solving problems. Getting Ahead helps people break out of this cycle and move forward in a more sustainable way.
  • Explore the gap between the rich and poor: Investigators research how poverty affects our community and learn how to contribute to communities where everyone lives well.
  • Uncover the hidden rules of economic class: Investigators learn about these hidden rules and use them to increase understanding, reduce judgmental attitudes, and solve problems in their own lives.
  • Highlight the importance of language: Investigators learn how language skills help people learn, solve problems, and create relationships of mutual respect.
  • Self-examination: Investigators learn how to assess their own situation and advocate for themselves.
  • Build valuable resources: Investigators learn how to identify and use social and economic resources to build future goals and plans.
  • Value personal and community plans: Investigators create a future story for themselves and develop a mental model for success in their community.

When/Where does the class happens?

This 9-week course will meet virtually on Wednesday evenings from mid-April through late June using an online group video chat format called Zoom. A computer or smartphone with a webcam and microphone is required for participation (unfortunately TLC cannot supply this technology). Incentives will be offered to complete the program, and registration will close April 2, 2021.

Getting Ahead graduates September 2017 with Dr. Regina Lewis

Are you ready?

Ask your Case Manager for more information about how to join us for this investigation into your own life!

Last names A-L: Rachael Collins at RachaelC@tri-lakescares.org or 719-481-4864 x102

Last names M-Z: Jessica Garrison at JessicaG@tri-lakescares.org or 719-481-4864 x112

For New Client Inquiries:  Benjamin Shearer at BenjaminS@tri-lakescares.org or 719-481-4864 x115