Getting Ahead Program

Getting Ahead is a FREE economic empowerment program offering long-term solutions for economic
stability. The curriculum is based on the evidence-based work of Dr. Ruby Payne, who authored “Bridges Out of Poverty” and “Getting Ahead”.
The topics covered in the program include:

My Life Now
Theory of Change
Causes of Poverty
Hidden Rules of Economic Class
The 11 resources
Building Resources

The program also includes guest speakers who provide information on financial literacy, job outlook in the region, education opportunities, and more. Participants complete several self-assessments during the course, and are continually working towards their goals. Each participant ends with a comprehensive economic action plan for success that offers detailed objectives needed to reach those goals.

YWCA staff offer follow-up support services after completion of the program. Participants who graduate are also eligible to apply for funding to meet employment and education goals. Some examples of financial support have included vocational training, certifications, licensing, and uniforms.

Past graduates have gone on to attend universities and have found employment that has improved their lives economically and personally.

Spring Enrollment: January – February
13-Week Program: March – June
Graduation: June

Fall Enrollment: July – August
13-Week Program: September – December
Graduation: December

The program is scheduled for three hours, once per week during the semester. The Saginaw program meets on Tuesdays, Bay City on Thursdays, and Midland on Fridays. Attendance and participation are extremely import for success so we ask potential participants to consider work/school schedules, childcare, and transportation while applying.


Those interested in enrolling may contact YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region at 989.894.9055 or complete the
online referral form at Once referred, YWCA staff will contact potential
participants to schedule one-on-one assessment, and to discuss program details and eligibility requirements.



Printable PDF Flier: Getting Ahead Brochure 2019 (print)

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