Investing in coaching for economic mobility rooted in emerging science is a proven approach to deal with the effects of poverty at the individual level. Through regular interaction with a well-trained mentor, individuals develop the skills to focus on goals, measure progress, and regain momentum after facing setbacks. This one-to-one approach needs community reinforcement to be successful. Unifying the social safety net with a metric-based, mentor-led, incentivized model gets results.

EMPath bases its approach to helping families overcome poverty on its Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® theory of change model. This model posits that an individual must attain explicitly defined objectives in five areas—family stability, well-being, education and training, financial management, and employment and career management—in order to achieve economic self-sufficiency. We document clients’ experiences and progress and our own efforts according to these categories.

Mobility Mentoring® describes both the programs and services delivered using the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® as the platform for participant assessment, goal setting, and outcomes measurement and the staffing practice that helps people attain economic independence. Mobility Mentoring is based on a set of key principles, elements, and assumptions.