Getting Ahead Programs

GA Graduates becoming self-sufficient

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  • #625
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    Giulio Grecchi
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    We keep getting confirmation of the validity of the empowering and mentoring work we are doing. Just a few days ago, two native Americans, graduates from our first GA class, after almost a year of heavy efforts on their side and assiduous mentoring on ours, have finally reached self-sufficiency. They started out with no income and little help from the tribe or from other programs. Now, they have jobs and they are finally able to pay for their expenses. in turn they are helping and motivating others graduates, neighbors and members of their families.

  • #626
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    Merle Albers
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    Giulio,

    Please give more specifics about the mentoring- malbers@bellsouth.net.

  • #627
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    Giulio Grecchi
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    Merle, at the end of the 16 Getting Ahead sessions, each of the investigators develops a plan on how to move out of poverty. Then, after graduation from the program, each graduate is assigned a mentor, who will be the companion on the difficult journey out of poverty. Mentors are there to encourage, to provide information, sometimes to help with transportation or other immediate needs. Mentors never do for the graduate what the graduate can to for her/himself. We ask our mentors to commit for a year. Frequency of contact varies depending on the circumstances of each graduate. Those coming from generational poverty require a heavier involvement from our side, as even after graduation, they continue to face emergencies and family crisis. Often they take us on a wild ride. Such is the nature of this work! On the other hand, the commitment, the efforts, the spiritual awakening that the graduates experience during their journey out of poverty are of real inspiration for us.

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    Merle Albers
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    So, each “student” must attend 16 Getting Ahead sessions? Do the mentors go to the same 16 sessions?

  • #629
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    Giulio Grecchi
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    Yes, GA investigators need to attend the 16 sessions, following the GA workbook. Mentors do not attend the sessions. However, we train our mentors on the Bridges out Poverty material, in order to give them a good understanding of what poverty really is. In our case, mentors went through seven evening of training, for a total of about 12 hours.

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