Mobility Mentoring differs from a traditional ‘case-management’ approach because it is informed by neuroscience, comprehensive, integrated, and organized in a way that helps participants develop and strengthen their own skills and confidence to continue setting goals, even after the mentor-participant relationship ends. Data shows that participants who complete our programs continue to achieve goals and advance their economic mobility.

Often when social service agencies attempt to help clients address problems in their lives and attain goals, they deploy what is commonly referred to as case management approaches. Although Mobility Mentoring and case management share many commonalities, the fundamental differences lie in duration, focus, and nature of work. Mobility Mentoring requires extended engagement over time (usually multiple years), a focus on attainment of individually established, multi-faceted, long-term goals, and coaching for lifelong skill building and behavior change. In contrast, case management is usually of relatively short duration, focusing primarily on crisis intervention and attainment of program-mandated goals. The table below compares the differences between Mobility Mentoring and case management in several categories.

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