On December 15th, 12 new graduates of the Getting Ahead In a Just Gettin’ By World program celebrated completing the 16 week curriculum.
This group of ladies – ranging in age from 19-80 – have explored the causes of poverty, the hidden rules of class, and the importance of language and communication. They have all formed plans to achieve the ‘future stories’ they have planned for themselves.
The YWCA will support these graduates through follow-up support for the next 18 months, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish!
Here is some of what the graduates had to say about their experience in the program:
It has been amazing to learn about everyone’s stories! I have learned a lot of tips of how to get ahead in my future!
My overall experience was wonderful. I was able to learn many things that can help me in the future….The class was never a “sit and read the book” experience. It was a pleasant place to be.
This class has reshaped my thinking process – the way I approach situations as possibilities, not as obstacles.
I liked the friendly, respectful atmosphere I encountered with the other Getting Ahead Investigators!
I learned to plan ahead and think about my actions before I actually do something.
Getting Ahead was a great experience to learn about how I came into poverty and it wasn’t all my fault. But how easy it is to get yourself out and it can be done. I love the class and the people, you all are so supportive.
Beginning now I am going to take control of my finances and get them under control. And by that I mean to pay them off one by one or get help and do it right and fast.
The Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World program is made possible through funding from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s People In Need grant, as well as the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation. Thank you!