The Climb Program

Climb has evolved over the past 35 years into one of the nation’s most successful models for moving families out of poverty.

The Tough choices of poverty

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.

  • Living at this level of poverty makes for tough choices:

  • Wyoming Children in Poverty by Family Type

Gaining Stability for Work

With the pandemic significantly impacting low-income families, we’ve prioritized helping single mothers in crisis develop tools to calm the toxic stress and chaos of poverty and find stability. Our support brings moms one step closer to work readiness, even if they’re not yet in one of our job training programs.

  • climb wyoming served 1,100 families in 2020 through:

The Jobs

Meeting Wyoming's Workforce Needs

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.

  • Filling the Gap

    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.

Upward Growth in the Workforce

Earning a self sufficient wage

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.

  • Graduate Wage Progression

Win for Wyoming!


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.

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.

  • 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.