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Teton Area CLIMB Wyoming Explores Increasing Their Impact Through Program Innovations

In an effort to increase the impact of their uniquely successful program, innovations are afoot at Teton Area CLIMB Wyoming, a nonprofit organization that trains and places single mothers in careers that successfully support their families.

The Teton Area CLIMB program staff are customizing the CLIMB program model to ensure that it supports the particular challenges that single mothers face in Jackson and the surrounding communities.

“Since 2004, the Teton Area CLIMB program has been serving single mothers in Teton, Sublette and Lincoln counties,” said Sarah Brino, Teton Area CLIMB Program Director.  “Through our own observations and discussions with our collaborating partners we know we can reach more women if we are even more flexible with our program.”

As a result, CLIMB is piloting a new rolling admission process and CLIMB program staff will travel regularly to Afton to support more single mothers on their path to self-sufficiency.

The Teton Area CLIMB site has historically been a place for the statewide CLIMB Wyoming organization to test new innovations.  It was the first to broaden the geographic and age base for single mothers served through the CLIMB program, and launched an innovative collaboration with Curran-Seeley to extend the CLIMB program to single mothers in treatment.

About CLIMB Wyoming

Founded in 1986, CLIMB Wyoming is a statewide nonprofit organization that trains and places low income single mothers in careers that support their families.  CLIMB’s comprehensive model includes partnering with local employers to develop effective training and researching workplace trends to create future opportunities.  Program participants are supported through job training and employment placement as well as counseling and life skills.  CLIMB graduates consistently double their monthly income and decrease their reliance on public assistance programs. As a result, CLIMB Wyoming was recognized in 2012 as one of the nation’s top ten organizations that move families toward self-sufficiency.  At CLIMB, success isn’t just about getting a job – it’s about financial independence for struggling mothers and changing the generational cycle of poverty one family at a time.