"Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World" is the title of a book and a 45-hour workshop that helps individuals in poverty build resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Getting Ahead Groups in Howard County are an outgrowth of the Bridges out of Poverty initiative of the Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency. The initiative is a two part model that can change the culture of poverty in a community. Bridges out of Poverty provides a framework for service providers to examine how they view and treat those in poverty, while Getting Ahead groups allows people in poverty to examine the effects of poverty on their personal resources and what it takes to improve those resources.
The Getting Ahead curriculum:
Getting Ahead Groups
Join Getting Ahead by registering for one of our upcoming groups. Preregistration is required.
Graduate Committee Meetings
Held the third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at 9900 Washington Blvd, Suite I Laurel, MD 20733.
The Advocacy & Civic Engagement Workshop Series
4-part series, must attend all sessions
Session 1- Monday, January 29, 2018 6 pm - 8 pm Howard Community College (Advocacy Basic)
Session 2- Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6 pm - 8 pm Howard Community College (Legislator Panel Discussion)
Session 3- Monday, March 12, 2018 6 pm - 8 pm Howard Community College (Discussion with Educators)
Session 4- Monday, April 9, 2018 6 pm - 8 pm Howard Community College (Healthcare Panel Discussion)
Employers Networking Social
March 20, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Bertucci’s 9081 Snowden River Pkwy Columbia, MD 21046
2nd Annual Getting Ahead Family Fun Night
April 14, 2018 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm The Bain 50+ Center 5470 Ruth Keeton Way Columbia, MD 21044
3rd Annual Getting Ahead Awards Gala
May 18, 2018 6 pm - 8:30 pm North Laurel Community Center 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd Laurel, MD 20723
Staying Ahead/Getting Ahead Networking Social
June 14, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm The Ale House 6480 Dobbin Center Way Columbia, MD 21045
GROW YOUR CAREER | THE ROAD AHEAD (A Howard County program designed to help participants reach financial stability.)
GETTING AHEAD FACEBOOK PAGE
AHA PROCESS! GETTING AHEAD
What is the Staying Ahead program?
Staying Ahead is a companion program to the Howard County MultiService Center Getting Ahead Initiative that is committed to improving lives; encouraging self-sufficiency
and continuing the momentum of sustainability. Getting Ahead provides the foundation for understanding the root causes of poverty and focuses on resources needed to rise above it. The next step toward self-sufficiency is Staying Ahead, a free program offering graduates additional resources to stay steady, focused and moving toward a lifetime of success.
What does the Staying Ahead program do?
Staying Ahead Committee Meeting:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Howard County Central Library
10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
For more information about Staying Ahead please contact:
Valerie Mathis, Program Coordinator
Staying Ahead Podcast
The goal of the Staying Ahead podcast is to inform, uplift and enlighten graduates of our Getting Ahead (GA) initiative, as well as the community. In the process encourage businesses and community organizations to partner in ways that will help us to improve our well-being and increase self-sufficiency for all.
Listen to the Podcasts
Community Exchange Time Bank
Staying Ahead - Full Advisory Committee
Meetings from 5:30-7:00 pm
• December 7, 2107 at The Florence Bain Senior Center (5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044)
• February 1, 2018 at The Florence Bain Senior Center
• April 12, 2018 at The Florence Bain Senior Center
• June 7, 2018 at The Florence Bain Senior Center
Facilitator Lunch and Learn Meetings
North Laurel Community Center - 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd Laurel, MD 20723 Chesapeake III Room - 12 pm -1:30 pm
Staying Ahead Committees
Speakers Bureau-Chairperson: Monica Petty
Book Club-Lead Facilitator: Shannon Taitt
Planning/Outreach/Advocacy-Chairperson: Sandra Price
The following partner organizations are host sites for the Getting Ahead Program:
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