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.

Executive Functioning

Using Brain Science to Create New Pathways out of Poverty

It wasn't that long ago that finding a job to get out of poverty was pretty straightforward. Jobs were plentiful and you didn't need a lot of education to find a good job and decent wages in construction, transportation, or the public sector. But the world has changed drastically since then. Family sustaining jobs now require education beyond high-school, public supports for the poor have been slashed, and the bottom half of Americans are losing earnings. This talk will show how we use new findings from science and technology to help us design better programs that lead to new pathways out of poverty.