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Fortress is excited to announce a life-changing opportunity for you, your clients, friends and constituents. Fortress YDC, in collaboration with LinkEd, is currently seeking adults who are eager to break the cycle of generational (or situational) poverty for themselves and their families to join our inaugural Getting Ahead cohort. Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World is a book and a 16-session curriculum that helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

The Getting Ahead curriculum:

  • Involves rigorous work done in a safe learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitator and co-facilitator.

  • Enables participants, called “investigators,” to examine their own experience of poverty as well as explore issues in the community that impact poverty − banking, housing, jobs, transportation − providing critical information the community can use to take action to end poverty.

  • Guides investigators through an assessment of their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move to self-sufficiency.

  • Puts the concepts, tools, and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.

The goal of this 16-week program is to build confidence, increase opportunities to develop and expand resources, and to gain support from others who are on a similar path. Participants - called Investigators - will be paid a stipend of $20 at each session for their valuable work. Childcare and dinner is provided at each session. The sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 at our location: Fortress YDC, 712 Stella St, Fort Worth, 76104. 

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Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be willing to commit to the entire 16-week course and reside in one of the following neighborhoods:

  1. Las Vegas Trail

  2. Como

  3. Diamond Hill-Jarvis/Northside

  4. Morningside/Historic Southside/Butler Place

  5. East Seminary/Wichita Street

  6. Stop Six

  7. East-Central Arlington



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