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The Climb Program

Climb has evolved over the past 30 years into one of the nation’s most successful models for moving families out of poverty.


Single mothers and their children experience the highest rates of poverty among families in Wyoming. The women we serve are living in crisis: unemployed or working low-wage jobs that don’t provide financial stability, dealing with stress that is toxic for the brain, and struggling to cover basic needs like food and housing.

  • 35% of Wyoming’s single mothers with children under age 18 live in poverty.

    Nearly half of these moms have children under the age of 5–the years when the majority of brain development occurs.

  • wyoming Children in Poverty by Family Type

chaos & crisis

The chronic stress of living in poverty significantly decreases the executive functioning skills we all need to navigate the challenges of everyday life: planning, goal setting, emotional regulation, and decision making.


By working intentionally in groups, the program allows women to build relationships, learn conflict resolution and self-regulation, accelerate their job skills, and find success at work and at home.

what’s included

  • life skills

    Tools to manage life outside work, including parenting, conflict management, and budgeting

  • mental health services

    Group and individual counseling with licensed therapists

  • job training

    Industry-specific skills, resume building, mock interviews, and workplace professionalism

  • job placement

    Selected based on each participant’s unique strengths and interests with continued support and performance evaluations with employers

  • graduate services

    Ongoing support through group lunches, resume assistance, and advice on workplace issues and wage increases

Climb’s program intentionally creates social capital between the women in each group. These relationships build confidence and illustrate the value of making connections—with each other and with their community.


Climb has the unique flexibility to respond to Wyoming’s ever-changing economy and quickly address critical labor shortages in different industries throughout the state. Employers can help change a family’s future and see firsthand how a new career impacts single mothers and their children.

  • 2019 training programs

  • 92% graduates employed full-time at program end in 2019

Having technically skilled employees in industries like healthcare and transportation helps communities address critical labor shortages.

earning a self sufficient wage: THE upward trend

After just three months, Climb graduates are starting new careers and discovering new lives. After two years, they are continuing an upward trend, earning self-sufficient wages and benefits that allow them to transition off public assistance and provide financial stability for their children.

  • increase in average monthly wages

the path to independence: Moving Off Public Assistance

Climb graduates experience a critical sense of independence and self-worth by being able to provide for their children. This empowerment is a huge motivator for long-term success. In addition, the state of Wyoming sees a significant savings as these families move off public assistance.

  • Food stamp usage by supplemental nutrition assistance program (Snap) participants

    Wyoming saves $871,464 annually from decreased food stamp use among graduates.

  • percent of graduates on public health insurance

  • percent of graduates on private health insurance

breaking the cycle of generational poverty

Poverty that is passed down from one generation to the next creates significant barriers to job success, trapping low-income single mothers and their children in a cycle that Climb participants are ready to break. When you help a single mother get back on her feet, the effect lasts for generations.

  • the two-generation link between parents and children

    Children benefit when parents increase their education and income. They have greater access to academic and extracurricular activities, more stable schedules at home, and role models for career success.

If you spend your entire childhood in poverty, you are 5 times less likely to graduate from high school.