Getting Ahead

What is Getting Ahead?

Getting Ahead is a 40 hr, once a week workshop each session being approximately 2.5 hrs in length. The workshop is intended for individuals in or near poverty. It measures poverty as the extent an individual does without  resources. The entire group reads ten modules, and numerous discussions and activities help reinforce the lessons in each module. When presented with this new information, participants are able to think in the abstract and produce new ideas and solutions on how to solve the same problems they face every day when they live in poverty. Participants can then start making plans for their lives to “get ahead.” The focus of the group is to get participants to create goals and action plans that will help them get out of poverty.

On the path to work, learning, and life, the Getting Ahead Program teaches participants how to utilize resources to begin their chosen goal path. There is a focus on language and literacy, and on how that affects our ability to get out of poverty.

To transition out of poverty, participants need to learn the formal register of language that will help them move forward with their goals. Participants also learn about the rules of money, debt-to-income-ratios, and what wage they need to sustain their families. There is a great deal of self-assessment of resources (mental, physical, financial, etc.). Building specific resources, and building on current resources is also part of the self-assessment.


Why Getting Ahead?

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What if I can not attend all sessions?

We realise that from time-to-time life demands may mean having to miss a session or two. The group will decide how many missed sessions are acceptable. For missed sessions facilitators will assign “homework” and send paperwork or a slide show so that participants can catch up.

What about childcare?

We will try our best to provide childcare care however, this can not always be guaranteed depending on the location. We depend on community space and that sometimes prevents childcare facilities.

What about transportation?

Our hope is that as we run the workshops in different areas within Lanark, Leeds and Grenville transportation will be less of an issue. We have confirmation from a community partner that they will provide transportation.

If the course runs through a mealtime, is there a meal provided?

Our resources are limited but we do have community partnerships that will provide meals.

What if I am just too anxious to attend?

This is very natural, meeting new people and taking this step in your personal growth. Be assured this course is non judgemental, you will be investigating with individuals in similar circumstances, who understand the everyday hardships you encounter. The facilitator is there to learn along with you. We will also be holding several “open houses” where you can meet the facilitators

What our recent graduates had to say

“What the Getting Ahead workshop has meant to me is the importance of staying 2 steps ahead and better navigate the system and circumstances surrounding poverty. I better understand how to obtain may goals and needs and steps to implement them.”

“Learning about the causes of poverty was eye-opening and helped with figuring out better solutions to the problems. It opens your mind up to a better view of the world and changes the way think, in a good way. Amazing program.”

“I highly recommend this group to anyone struggling to find their way. It is an eye opener to resources that help you live your life to your full potential.”

Are you ready to do this?

If you feel you are ready to do this, or just need more information, please contact us at the Adult Learning & Training Centre, 613-284-2121 or