Facilitators assist participants during 16 sessions as they acquire knowledge from the workbook that will help them make a plan for achieving their future story. Facilitators are not teachers; they are guides who help by asking questions and keeping the group discussions moving.
The diverse topics explored during the 16 sessions include, the causes of poverty, the stages of change, reasonable financial expectations, managing time, developing a future story and much more. This all leads to a series of action steps that investigators present during the graduation ceremony and are the road map that investigators, with the help of their mentors, will use to get ahead.
Steps to becoming a facilitator
- Have a willingness to work alongside people with a variety of personal histories and abilities.
- Indicate your interest in learning more about facilitating to Jodie Cleary, Program Manager. 262-547-0654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be comfortable working with a co-facilitator.
- Participate in an online, national training session.
- Participate in a local sharing session with experienced facilitators.
Activities of facilitators
- Prepare the room for each meeting and put away materials after the meeting.
- Participate in the meal to make connections with investigators.
- Assist individual investigators who may have deficiencies in vocabulary, reading, math or other skills.
- Have a plan for helping participants make up work after an absence.
- Help redirect the group as necessary to stay on task and maintain their group rules.
- Prepare participants for the presentation of their future story and SMART action steps at graduation.
- Communicate with mentors and the implementation team after sessions to keep them up to date and track progress of the group.