The Climb Program

The Climb program has evolved for more than 30 years into one of the nation’s most successful models for moving families out of poverty. The basis is career training and placement…but there’s more to permanent life change than getting a job. Long-term self-sufficiency depends on the ability to navigate decisions, conflicts, challenges, and emotions successfully.

the challenges of living in poverty

Single mothers and their children experience the highest rates of poverty among families in Wyoming

  • 38% 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.

• The majority of Climb participants are unemployed when they enter the program and struggle to cover basic needs like food and housing.

• Those who are employed earn on average $13,759 a year working low-wage jobs that don’t offer benefits or provide financial stability.

the program

job training as a catalyst for change

The Climb program has evolved for more than 30 years into one of the nation’s most successful models for moving families out of poverty. The basis is career training and placement…but there’s more to permanent life change than getting a job. Long-term self-sufficiency depends on the ability to navigate decisions, conflicts, challenges, and emotions successfully.

what’s included

  • life skills

    Tools to manage life outside work, including parenting, nutrition, 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.

the jobs

WORKING WITH EMPLOYERS TO MEET WYOMING’S WORKFORCE NEEDS

Climb has the unique flexibility to respond to Wyoming’s ever-changing economy and quickly meet employment needs 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.

  • 2018 training programs

  • 93% graduates employed full-time at program end in 2018

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 livable 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

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

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

    Wyoming saves $730,440 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.

A $10,000 increase in annual income for families in poverty averaged over the first five years of a child’s life nearly triples the odds that he or she will finish high school.