Getting Ahead Classes

If you’ve spent part of your life—or most of your life—struggling to get by in the world, the idea of actually getting ahead might seem out of reach. But even if your story has been filled with barriers, vanishing opportunities, and setbacks, the next chapter can change all that. Yes, you have to write it, but you don’t have to do it alone.

In a facilitated group setting, Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World takes you step by step through a discovery of yourself like no other. It’s not just about how you got where you are now. It’s also about what comes next to build the life you want. Plus, the workbook helps you develop relationships with people who will support you all along the way.

The class will be held every Friday morning from 9:00am to 11:30am starting on March 27th and ending on May 29th and will be held at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA located at 200 Y Blvd, in the Judson University classrooms.  
The class is limited to 12 participants. The participants will be chosen based on the information on the application, along with their willingness to fully participate in all 10 sessions.  Childcare will be provided by the YMCA during class sessions.  
Participants will earn a $25 Visa gift card for every class they attend.  If all classes are attended, (which is the expectation) participants will earn a total of $250.00.  When the classes end on May 29th, participants will be matched with a mentor and invited to attend ‘Staying Ahead’ meetings that will allow us to continue to assist you as you build your resources to become self-sufficient. 
Completed applications must be sent back to us by Friday, February 28th.  After we receive the application, we will contact you by phone to do a phone interview.  If you are chosen to participate in the class, we will contact you no later than March 6th.  
Thank you for your consideration of taking this class!  Below are testimonials from others who have participated in the class, please read them and be encouraged!  

“As the class progressed, it was a real big soul searcher. It opened up doors I didn’t want to have opened, but once those doors were opened, I felt relieved. The Getting Ahead process kind of took my thinking to the next level.”
James Williams Jr. Getting Ahead Graduate

“I took the Getting Ahead program because I got tired of the life I was living. I decided it was time I found my own resources. What impacted me most was the self-empowerment. It made me feel like, “Yep, I can do something with myself, for myself.”
Angela Callan Getting Ahead Graduate

“I’m a single mom, a high school dropout, and a recovering addict. This work has helped me to discover a whole new sense of purpose – and that being resourceful is a great strength – so I went back and got my GED. I would like to be a social worker, and now I can look forward to the future with an attitude of great possibility for myself, my family, and my community.
Nichole Way Getting Ahead Graduate 

Click HERE for the Application

Click HERE to for a Brochure with more information