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Getting Ahead Training

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Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by World is an educational program to help people out of financial instability. A 15 week class helps people evaluate their own circumstances, and teaches them how to manage a checking account, how to look for a job and many of the hidden rules and language of the middle class that they may not understand. At the completion of the class each participant will be given a “Hope Team” to help them to accomplish the goals they’ve set for themselves during the class.

The first class is scheduled to begin February 1, 2018.  It will be at Crossroads Church in Concord from 5:30pm - 8:00pm each Thursday for 15 weeks.  For information about the Getting Ahead class and volunteer opportunities, contact Mark Jasmine 704-786-2906, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Mike Wojciechowski 704-786-4709 x-820.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Getting Ahead class facilitator- Currently we have 2 facilitators for CCMs first class in January 2018. We need facilitators for the planned Fall class. These volunteers would go through Bridges Out of Poverty training as well as Getting Ahead facilitator training. They would be able to sit in and join the January Getting Ahead class to get experience prior to facilitating in the Fall.

Bridges Out of Poverty instructor- These volunteers would go through Bridges Out of Poverty instructor training. The Bridges Out of Poverty class is taught to everyone who is considering being a Hope Team member for one of the Getting Ahead graduates. It covers the principles that form the basis for Getting Ahead and will be taught over 4 sessions while the Getting Ahead class is running to prepare the Hope Team members.

Hope Team members- These volunteers will be resources for the Getting Ahead graduates as they use what they’ve learned to help change their lives. Hope Team members would be assigned to one Getting Ahead graduate and be asked to meet with them at least monthly for a year after they have completed the class. Our desire is that there will be 2-3 Hope Team members assigned to each graduate.

Getting Ahead class assistant- These volunteers will work with the class facilitators as well as the host church to make sure the class participants are greeted and directed to the correct place in the church, children get to the child care area, and help prepare take home bags of food, as well as troubleshoot any problems that may arise during the class to ensure the facilitators can continue their class.

Drivers- Occasionally a Getting Ahead participant will require transportation to and from class. These volunteers would provide this.