Getting Ahead Classes - Community Information

How the Getting Ahead Program Works 

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin-By World is a 10-session group workshop that helps participants stabilize their situations and build resources to improve their lives. The program guides participants through the process of assessing their own lives and circumstances and teaches them how to build those resources and how to develop tools and skills as part of their move to self-sufficiency.  Getting Ahead participants create their own plan for a sustainable life, build healthy relationships with others, set short- and long-term goals, and develop a step-by-step plan to achieve those goals.

In Getting Ahead sessions, participants will
          establish their own achievable short- and long-term goals
          develop a step-by-step plan to achieve those goals
          explore resources needed for sustainability
          build healthy relationships with others
          improve financial skills
          and begin the process of writing their own future story.

To be clear, the Getting Ahead process does not provide answers or make any argument for change. Motivation, insight, and planning come solely from the participants. This is a kitchen-table experience—not a classroom.

We launched the Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World curriculum in the Fall of 2020.  In 2021 we identified partner organizations to host these classes at their respective locations for their clients.  One Body Collaboratives supports these programs financially through the funding we have received. Community partners include: Life Church, NiReach, Rockford Housing Authority and YSN/Rockford MELD.  In conjunction with our partners, we graduated a total of 19 individuals this year. Our goal is to increase that to 50 graduates in 2022.We continue to seek additional partner organizations to implement the Getting Ahead curriculum, and ongoing funding to support the program.

In 2021, our Graduates reported the following:
37% Had an Increase in Income and an Increase in Education
26% Reported a Decrease in Debt
16% Report a Decrease on the need for State or Federal Benefits. 
A full report of 2021 results can be found here:
2021 Getting Ahead Results

Research shows it takes 2-5 Years for an individual to transition from poverty to self-sufficiency, our community must provide ongoing support throughout this journey. We created our Staying Ahead Network to provide ongoing support to our Getting Ahead graduates.  A Staying Ahead Network Facebook page updates Getting Ahead graduates with ongoing programs and assistance that are being provided throughout our community.  In 2022, we will add class offerings in key areas such as: budgeting, parenting, employment assistance and more. These additional classes would be one-offs and offer more in-depth training in these areas to assist people who are moving from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Watch the Getting Ahead Video here:

Click HERE to for a Brochure with more information

Click HERE to view the Class Curriculum

Click HERE to learn about becoming a Getting Ahead Facilitator