New ‘Getting Ahead’ class postponed to spring

The second “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World” class, presented by the Routt County Bridges Initiative, has been postponed to spring 2013. (The class originally was scheduled to start Sept. 17.) The class consists of a total of 18 sessions, two per week for nine weeks, with each class running for 2 1/2 hours.

The “Getting Ahead” program is a way for people/families who are striving for economic stability to become involved in planning and developing strategies for building communities where everyone can live well. “Getting Ahead” is a way to analyze one’s own life and to make plans for building personal and family resources. It is designed to be an agenda-free, safe learning experience that can help people make life changes.

Program participants will explore and analyze the themes of their lives, assess their own resources, build their future stories, make their own choices, enjoy the power that comes from solving problems and controlling their own lives, make concrete plans for economic stability, and become skillful at using the hidden rules of class to build resources. All of the learning is embedded in mental models that are created by the group and the individual.

The Routt County Bridges Initiative, started by Lift-Up of Routt County, Routt County United Way, and the Department of Human Services, is a program aimed at helping low-income families become self-sufficient. It brings a fresh approach to addressing poverty by engaging human services organizations and other community stakeholders in a common effort of support to offer new opportunities to families who are feeling trapped and dependent on our systems.

The first “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World” class graduated in June.

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Suzanna Bloom is the office manager, volunteer coordinator, and website administrator at LiftUp of Routt County.

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