Hope in Action Ending Poverty Through Systemic Change

Hope in Action Ending Poverty Through Systemic Change

Hope in Action Ending Poverty Through Systemic Change Systemic Change: Mentoring 2014, National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Inc. This copyright covers all materials in this presentation except where otherwise noted. Team Members Name Position

Steve Cigich District Council President Waukesha WI Irene Frechette Diocese Council President Fall River MA Tom Pelger Diocese Council President Peoria IL Jeanne Harper

(2014) Vice President North Central Region Mike Syslo (2013) Senior Director of Governance National Office Tamara Thrasher (2013) Service Trainer Cincinnati OH Archdiocese

Council 2 Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Objectives for this module By the end of this session you will understand: What a mentoring program wrapped-around a Getting Ahead workshop might look like The key roles within the mentoring program and how to recruit and train people How to start a mentoring program initiative in your area either on a small or large scale

Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Approach to this Session Interactive presentation Small & large group discussion This is a journey; we do not have all of the answers we only offer a pathway. As all Vincentian endeavors, we will learn from experience and interactions with each other. Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Agenda The objectives will be accomplished by

examining the following attributes of a mentoring program: 1. Its Power what is its tie to systemic change? 2. Mechanics why and how will it work? 3. Roles who are the players and their positions? Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change 4. Getting started how to implement in my 1. Systemic Change and Mentoring

Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change OUR VISION END POVERTY THROUGH SYSTEMIC CHANGE .One Person One Neighborhood One Community at a tim Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Cornerstones of Societys Systemic Change Effort

Empowerment Mentoring Collaboration Advocacy ring requires empowerment, collaboration & ad Vision: End Poverty through Systemic Change Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Societys Mission Charity & Justice Todays home visit: immediate,

but temporary aid Mentoring committed individuals out of poverty Engaging parish in advocacy Vision: End Poverty through Systemic Change Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Mentoring Objective Empower people to move out of poverty through: Education & skill development Supportive relationships

Social & professional connections Spiritual growth Community engagement Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Program Values Every Getting Ahead Investigator has autonomy and is responsible for their own actions has the potential to grow deserves empathy and compassion has sacred dignity Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change

2. The Mentoring Program Why and How Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change The Mentoring Program Mentoring wrapped-around Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin by World, a 16-20 session adult-learning workshop

Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Getting Aheads Principles on Poverty Poverty is the extent a person lacks resources The causes of poverty (based on research) are: 1. Individual behaviors and choices 2. Social and community structure and resources 3. Exploitation Hope in Actionending through structures

systemic change 4. Economic andpoverty political If you have come to help me, you can go home again. But if you see my struggles as a part of your own survival, then perhaps we can work together.

Lila Watson, an Aboriginal Woman from Australia aha! Process, Inc. Getting Ahead is Based on the theory of change People in poverty might need to change but no more than anyone else in our society. People in poverty need an accurate perception of how poverty impacts their lives and an understanding of economic

realities as a starting point both aha! Process, Inc. Philosophy of Getting Ahead Grounded in the theory of change Safe, challenging, neutral, agenda-free learning environment Kitchen-table learning experience Content & peer dialogue contribute to learning Investigators do the work of learning aha! Process, Inc.

Mentoring Program Table Talk What are the benefits of success? Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Mentoring Program - Process 3 Stages: Acceptance Getting Ahead Develop Future Story Implementation

View through Investigator Lens Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Stage 1: Acceptance Candidate: Learns of mentoring program and makes contact Meets with 2 mentors to discuss program features, benefits, expectations, and address questions Addresses fundamental issue: Are they willing to undertake a process that will challenge them to change? Candidate makes decision to continue or not Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change

Purpose of Getting Ahead: What Do I as a Investigator Get? Explore and analyze the themes of my life Assess my resources Make my own arguments for change Build my own future story Make my own choices Prepare myself to take a seat at the decisionmaking table in my community aha! Process, Inc. Stage 2: Getting Ahead Outcomes

Candidates become Investigators in GA: Develop mental models regarding their current situation Learn about poverty, hidden rules, & change Assess their own & community resources Develop their future story Develop a plan to build resources and achieve their future story aha! Process, Inc. Stage 2: Getting Ahead Relational Support Candidates:

Learn from each other Form a peer support network Facilitators guide the process Mentors provide encouragement Demonstrates the power of working together in a community aha! Process, Inc. Stage 3: Implementation Investigators: Work to achieve their future story through building their personal resources Look to mentors for:

Support & encouragement An ear to listen and a voice to help guide Connection to others to help build personal resources (bridging capital) Investigators set the pace. responsible for own progress Theyre aha! Process, Inc. Mentoring Process 3 Stages: Acceptance Getting Ahead Develop Future Story

Implementation View through Program Lens Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Stage 1: Acceptance Program operations: Program communication word of mouth, brochure, media coverage, partner agency referrals, etc. . . Triage process to connect Candidates with Mentors Database development and maintenance

Mentors: Establish relationship utilize Investigators Hope in Actionending povertyas through systemic change Information Record needed Stage 2: Getting Ahead Program operations: Secure facility for classroom, meals, and

childcare Assign investigators and facilitators to class sessions Secure and distribute all materials Mentor role Facilitator role Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Stage 3: Implementation Program operation: Coordinate mentor, facilitator, and investigator support groups Monitor progress

Mentors Persistent but not overbearing Guide, cajole, challenge, encourage, affirm, support. . . Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Parking Lot Questions??? Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World - The Workshop

Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Philip DeVol Information for Facilitators, Sponsors and Community Collaboratives Philip DeVol Copyright 2006 by Philip E. DeVol. All rights reserved. www.ahaprocess.com Process Triangle

ACTION RESPONSIBILITY Plans Action steps Future stories Page 2 Critical analysis What it means to me Theory of change How to build resources POWER

RUBY PAYNES FRAMEWORK UNDERSTANDING POVERTY What its like now Using the hidden rules of class to build resources UNDERSTANDING

WHERE I AM Monitoring our changes Self-assessment Causes of poverty Community assessment CO-INVESTIGATION Introduction

32 Copyright 2012 by DeVol & Associates, LLC. All rights reserved. www.gettingaheadnetwork.com Getting Ahead: Whats Involved? Closed group ideally, 610 people Basic program - 16-20 sessions of 2.5-3 hours Meet once or twice a week Puts Bridges and Investigators knowledge into a series of mental models Facilitator helps investigators explore solutions; doesnt teach / tell them what to

do Best results if there is long-term support aha! Process, Inc. Spiritual Reflection & Discussion SVdP added Two reflection & discussion handouts for each module (one for each session) Format: Scripture quote related to topics discussed Reflection questions Group sharing questions

Closing prayer Select (or create your own) one for each weeks materialuse them to close your session Program Design Considerations Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Sample Budget Getting Ahead Group of 8 with 16-20 Sessions Line Item

Expense Description $25 Stipend / Investigator / session $3,200 6-10 is the ideal group size. Stipend paid by gift card (store, gas, bus pass etc.) Getting Ahead workbooks

$156 + S&H 8 Investigator workbooks Facilitator Training SVdP Webinar $38 + S&H Investigator & Facilitator manuals; Mar & May 2014, others to be scheduled Bridges Facilitator DVD

$165 + S&H Optional - Module-by-module ideas Facilitators 0 - $900 Workshop & Investigator supplies < $500 $0 if volunteers. If using GA graduate

investigators, pay at least same as investigator stipends. Flip-chart paper, colored markers; folders, paper, pen, pencils for investigators. Child care, transportation, food 0 - $1000 Ideally, food & baby-sitting would be inkind; provided by parishioners, area churches. 36

Copyright 2012 by DeVol & Associates, LLC. All rights reserved. www.gettingaheadnetwork.com Investigator Financial Support Primary assistance is not financial but personal, emotional support thru the journey out of poverty Take care not to enable the current situation through ongoing subsidies of basic living expenses Additional financial aid could take the form of investments that empower the individual (e.g. education, job skill training, certification) Any decision for financial aid should be brought back to the conference for approval Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change

Process Oversight & Support Establish mentoring support group for mentors to share lessons learned Conduct background checks & child safe environment training Establish procedure that enables Investigators to contact an independent Vincentian if there are problems in the mentoring Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change relationship Collaboration

Councils / Conferences - - provide training, mentoring support groups, mentor oversight; GA organization & facilitation; community resource analysis Partners - - links to organizations that provide resource building programs in the community Hope in Actionending through systemicfunding, change Businesses - - poverty partnership

job Religion & Evangelization Open to Investigators of all faiths As the relationship deepens, it will be natural for mentors to share their faith experiencebut dont force our faith or its beliefs Be open about talking about Jesus the man / teacher For Investigators who want to learn more Hope in the Actionending poverty

throughconnect systemic change about Catholic faith, them to Mentoring Program Table Talk What are the barriers in your area? Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change 3. The Mentoring

Program The Roles Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Mentoring Program Roles Candidates / Investigators Mentors Facilitators Support teams Supporting Community Organizations Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change

Getting Ahead Candidates page 127-128 Facilitator Guide Primary Consideration Desire to improve their life situation and willingness to make personal changes to accomplish their goals Other Considerations Open to accepting outside help Strength to overcome resistance from family & friends Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Continuum of GA Candidates

Extremely Unstable Environments Daily life disrupted by violence, illness, addiction, disabilities, and/or unstable community conditions. Highly affected by generational poverty. Stabilizing the environment and building resources may take a very

long time. Unstable Environments Daily life can be stabilized enough with supports to attended weekly or bi-weekly sessions. People in generational and situational poverty. Building resources may take a long time. Fairly Stable Environments Daily life can be

organized fairly easily. May be able to build resources quickly. Some people in situational poverty. aha! Process, Inc. Mentors Role Team of 2 Vincentians Connectors / Cheerleaders / Friends Not counselors / experts in every field which the Investigator may need to develop to move out of poverty

Help the Investigator implement their plan Facilitate connections to community sources that enable them to build personal resources and achieve their Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Mentor Attitude, Knowledge, and Skills Understand aha! Process concepts Ability to: form a trusting relationship easily

mentor another persons self-discovery work with a co-mentor be accepting and non-judgmental Someone who is a survivor but doesnt carry the baggage Can be empathetic without being taken Can laugh and have fun Can see the best in those who cant always see it in themselves Facilitators Role Lead Investigators through the Getting Ahead

program (Discovery, Goal Setting, and Planning) Augments the Mentor role as another resource for the Investigator Separate the problem / issue from the person Raise difficult issues Encourage accountability Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Facilitator Attitude, Knowledge, and Skills Understand aha! Process concepts Ability to:

aha! Process, Inc. translate from formal to casual register facilitate another persons self-discovery work in the adult voice work with a co-facilitator work effectively as someone from the dominant culture have a non-judgmental attitude Someone who is a survivor but doesnt carry the baggage Can be empathetic without being taken Can laugh and have fun

Support Teams Meals provide family style meal for Investigators, children, facilitators, and team members Child Care provide services for children while parents are going through workshop session Affirmation purchase gift cards; provide material items (personal care, certificates, trinkets) to affirm and show appreciation for their hard work; order GA books; make copies of handouts Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Community Support Identify common cause organizations: Food pantries

Homeless shelters Workforce Development Abuse shelters Those who provide education & training to the poor Develop educational strategy Hold open-forum discussion sessions Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change 4. Operationalization A Tale of Two Cities Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change

Waukesha County Wisconsin Transforming Lives...Ending poverty through systemic change Universal Education KEY CONCEPT Education Sessions The Bridges Poverty Lens & Mentoring Program Overview Provide knowledge on working effectively with those in poverty Learn about the mentoring program

By the end, be in the position to discern the possible role they might play Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Development Team Establish program scope and overall design Establish guidelines, process flows, and material requirements for your local process Attract people Communication (Newsletters, invitations, other) Marketing Public relations Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change

Planning Decisions Identifying candidates From SVdP home visits SVdP store employees? Referrals from other community organizations? Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Planning Decisions How will the program be funded? Council-budgeted? Conferences sponsoring

Investigators? Collaboration with other community organizations / Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Planning Decisions Who will organize the programs? District Council level across conferences in a densely populated community

Conference level in smaller towns, more rural or isolated settings SVdP only? or in partnership with other community organizations? Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Planning Decisions Scheduling & Frequency

10 modules in 16-20 sessions Evening? Saturday? Afternoon? Flex to best time for Investigators Once or twice a week Frequency of workshop offering Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Creating the Environment for Graduate Investigators to Succeed Network of collaboration partners

Programs that build personal resources Share in expense of running GA & making investments in resource-building Businesses that can provide better jobs Foster support groups Mentoring teams Peer support groups Engage graduate investigators in community assessments & planning Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Implementation Team Preparatory events Introductory Generate interest

Education The Bridges Lens, the Mentoring Program Training Mentors, facilitators, support teams Information management / communication Hope Database in Actionending poverty through systemic change Implementation Team,

continued Mentoring program set-up Secure facility Coordinate mentors, facilitators, and support teams Support group set-up Investigators Mentors Facilitators Support Groups Facility Neutral sites like:

Churches Libraries Community centers Easy access by bus, easy parking Facilities: Wall space for the mental models Round tables (kitchen table learning experience) Space for child care & food prep / storage /

serving aha! Process, Inc. Operational Team In addition to maintaining and running established activities, pay attention to: Establish feedback loops to gather vital input required to tweak and improve the program Share what you have learned with other Vincentians Monitor and report on progress Operational number educated, trained,

Investigators Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Attracting Program Team Mentors Facilitators Support Teams Other Organizations Transforming Lives...Ending poverty through systemic change Attraction through Discernment 1. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in peoples lives

Require Universal Education lead them to training (facilitator, mentor, support) 2. After training, provide Discernment Questions Indicate interest by signing-up for a Discernment Interview Perform background checks, provide child-safe training where appropriate Discuss answers to questions to determine if its a right fit Education / Training / Screening Paths 1. Education Sessions The Bridges Poverty Lens & Mentoring

Program Overview Gain knowledge to discern if further training is for them 2. Functional Training Sessions Mentor, Facilitator, or Support Team Mentor and Support Teams done locally Facilitator done nationally via SVdP webinar Discern if becoming a practitioner is right for them After training, hold a discernment interview to determine if there is a right fit. Mentor Training No significant learning change occurs without a significant

relationship of mutual respect. - - - Adapted from Dr. James Comer Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Mentor Training Developed and performed locally may include: Outline of Getting Ahead so mentor knows what to expect Relationship aspects (e.g., accepting others as they are, building trust, listening & observation, affirming, empowering dynamic, healing presence, compassion) Change theory and motivation (stages, barriers, and motivational techniques)

Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Facilitator Training SVdPs Getting Ahead facilitator webinar (2 x 3 hr sessions) - No charge, except for purchase of Bridges books Next webinars: Oct 24 & 28 (2-5:30pm Central); Nov 4 & 13 (5-8:30pm Central) Prerequisites: Attend workshop including Systemic Change Overview and Bridges Individual Lens DVD Read: Bridges Out of Poverty, Bridges to Sustainable Communities Getting Ahead Facilitator Notes & Getting Ahead

Investigator Workbook used in the webinar Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Marinette Wisconsin Tale of Mechanics History Interventions of the Holy Spirit Round 1 Started 2011 Classes JanMay 2012 Round 2 -- Spring 2013 Round 3 Spring 2014 Round 4 Fall 2014 Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Mentoring Program

Value vs Effort Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change Last Chance (for now) Questions? Hope in Actionending poverty through systemic change OUR VISION END POVERTY THROUGH SYSTEMIC CHANGE

. One Person One Neighborhood One Community at a time Hope in Action...Ending poverty through systemic change SVdP Resources St Vincent de Paul Systemic Change web portal http://www.svdpusa.org/systemicchange/Home.aspx Aha Resources www.gettingaheadnetwork.com

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