Year after year, EMPath makes significant and measurable impact on the lives of those we serve. The outstanding results of our Mobility Mentoring® platform have prompted the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthy America, and federal, state, and municipal leaders to recognize Mobility Mentoring® as one of the most promising interventions addressing the inter-generational cycle of poverty.

EMPath has an organizational structure that integrates programs, research and evaluation, and advocacy in a constant feedback loop.

Beginning in February 2016, EMPath made the commitment to expand Mobility Mentoring® in all its housing programs to guide more Boston-based low income families across the economic divide, and develop stronger frameworks for shelter populations.

Innovation in Action

The Intergenerational Mobility Project

Made in collaboration with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, this video profiles the Intergenerational Mobility Project and its use of a coaching framework to strengthen families’ ability to navigate the complexities of poverty. Drawing on parents’ desire to advocate for their children and be case managers of their own lives, mentors and families use the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® to plan for the future. When parents can align and prioritize goals for their family’s stability, well-being, education, finances, and career, they build a solid foundation for their children’s future and move across the economic divide.


$46,384 average annual salary of CFO cohort after completing 5-year program


$20,090 annual Federal Poverty Level for a family with one parent and two children


79% of CFO participants were enrolled in post-secondary education after 24 months


120% increase in tax contributions by CFO group