Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain


Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World (GA) is an internationally recognized, 16-20 week program known for its interactive small group format. No one “teaches” you what you want to learn – you discover what’s best for you. Getting Ahead  helps individuals impacted by poverty to build their resources needed for a better life.

Two separate classes began on April 2 and will run through August – one from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and one from 5:30-8:30 PM! Donations of group meals are needed – please see details below.

The Getting Ahead curriculum:

  • Involves rigorous work done in a safe, kitchen-table style learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitators.
  • Enables participants, called “Investigators,” to examine their own experience of inadequate resources as well as explore issues in the community that impact success − banking, housing, jobs, transportation − providing critical information the community can use to take action to end the cycles of poverty.
  • Compensates Investigators for their time when they attend a weekly three-hour meeting.
  • Guides Investigators through an assessment of their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move toward self-sufficiency.
  • Puts the concepts, tools and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.

Group 3 Getting Ahead Graduates September 13, 2017

First Row: Co-Facilitator Kelly Mays, Director Sister Martha Beaudoin, Julia Hamilton, JoAnn Britt, Sharon Droneburg, Co-Facilitator Missy Shank (graduate of Group 1).
Second Row: Peter Ferguson, Heidi Strouth, Mary Coffey, Frederick County Council President Bud Otis, David Sanders.

Click here to catch a glimpse of Getting Ahead news coverage on I-270 News of WHAG TV.

Are you tired of just getting by? Ready to start getting ahead? Applications are now being accepted. Click here to print, fill out the brief application on the back of the GA brochure and return it to Facilitator Kelly Mays at Seton Center at 16840 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

If you’d like to support the Investigators and be part of their long-term, sustainable growth, opportunities include:

  • Donations of incentive gift cards in increments of $30.
  • Investigator sponsorship of $600 covers the curriculum books and graduation materials. Click here for easy, on-line giving.
  • Home-cooked or take-out meals for morning and evening sessions. For convenient on-line sponsorship, use the following links to visit Click here to sponsor a breakfast. Click here to sponsor an evening meal.

For more information, to express interest in participating or providing a meal, click here to send a message or call us at 301-447-6102 x 17.

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