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.
Nearly half of these moms have children under the age of 5–the years when the majority of brain development occurs.
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.
Tools to manage life outside work, including parenting, conflict management, and budgeting
Group and individual counseling with licensed therapists
Industry-specific skills, resume building, mock interviews, and workplace professionalism
Selected based on each participant’s unique strengths and interests with continued support and performance evaluations with employers
Ongoing support through group lunches, resume assistance, and advice on workplace issues and wage increases
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.
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.
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.
Wyoming saves $871,464 annually from decreased food stamp use among graduates.
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.