Oxford County Circles

Getting Ahead

The Getting Ahead program helps people in poverty to build resources and tools to help move out themselves and their family out of poverty. The program does this by helping people to create action plans for positive change. People who graduate from the Getting Ahead program will be better able to move towards being financially self-sufficient.

What to expect from Getting Ahead

  • Work is done in a safe learning space with the help of experienced coaches with lived experience of poverty.
  • Enables you, the participant, (or “investigator”) to look at your own experience of poverty, and explore issues in the community that impact poverty (banking, housing, jobs, and transportation). This will provide key details the community can use to take action to end poverty.
  • Program will guide you through review of your own resources and how to build those resources as part of your move to self-sufficiency.
  • Program puts the concepts, tools and relationships in your hands to help you make a difference in your own life and in the lives of your family and community.

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Getting Ahead and Circles

As a graduate of the Getting Ahead program, you will have the opportunity to become a Leader in the Circles program.

A Circles Leader receives and gives support within the circle. As a Leader, you work with Allies to build a plan for change, and use your lived knowledge and skills as problem solving tools for personal goals and poverty issues in the community. As a Circles Leader, you will have the opportunity to use the knowledge you gain from working with your Allies, increased social capital, and other support systems to engage in long-term, positive relationships to lift yourself and your family out of poverty.

Learn more about the Oxford Circles program.