The uniquely comprehensive CLIMB program model was developed in 1986 to help move single mothers out of poverty — permanently. To date, the program has helped approximately 1,500 families reach self-sufficiency, the effects of which will be felt for generations to come. To meet Wyoming’s workforce needs, the CLIMB programs help women enter a variety of occupations: construction and energy, health care, truck driving, office careers and more.
The basis of the model is a job training and placement program – but there is more to permanent life change than finding a job. Other skills are needed, skills that ensure successful relationships on the job and in the home. Core to the CLIMB model are mental health services, life skills training, and parenting skills training which address personal barriers that have impeded success in the past.
Each communities’ workforce needs are different, and we thoroughly research occupations to determine which job fields are in-demand before each program. CLIMB evaluates the growing industries so that we can quickly respond to changes in the employment landscape.
Not all single mothers are ready to commit to the CLIMB program. CLIMB meets and personally interviews all candidates individually during the application process. It must be the right time in a mom’s life to enter such a comprehensive program to set her up for success and self-sufficiency.
This intensive portion of the CLIMB model includes extensive job training, group and individual counseling, and parenting and life skills training.
Near the end of the program, participants are placed in higher-paying jobs that match their interests and skill level, giving them hands-on work experience.
To track progress and offer ongoing support, CLIMB reaches out to graduates and regularly responds to their inquiries well after program completion.