More than half of Climb’s participants are unemployed when they enter the program. Those who are employed make an average of just $1,200 per month.
Especially during the pandemic, Climb graduates have been able to significantly contribute to Wyoming businesses with their resilience, skills, and motivation to work in industries that bolster the state’s economy.
In the past five years, Climb has trained more than 310 participants statewide in various medical careers; these graduates are now filling severe shortages in the state’s healthcare workforce.
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.
Moving families into a place where they can contribute to local economies creates a stronger Wyoming for all—resulting in more stable, healthy, and vibrant communities.
2020 Climb graduates increased their total annual earnings from $681,216 to $2,320,766. Wyoming saves $2 million annually from decreased Medicaid, food stamp, and childcare expenses.
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.
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.
Climb has impacted 4,967 children, enough to fill 276 Wyoming classrooms. When children move out of poverty, they are three times more likely to be employed as adults.