Social Networks are a critical component in one’s journey across The Bridge to Self-Sufficiency®. The goal is to develop a social network that can be relied upon as a consistent source of support toward a person's goals, as well as to serve as a mentor and advance the goals of others.
Research has found that the social networks of low-income people are smaller and tend to consist of others in similar socio-economic positions; and therefore are not likely to be a source of career or educational opportunities. 1
- 71% of adults exiting EMPath’s Hosmer program reported an increase in their social network as a result of participation in EMPath’s programs.
- 89% of participants responded “strongly agree” or “agree” to the statement from a 2018 feedback survey, “As a participant at EMPath, my life is changing for the better.”