Future Story Initiative
Community members who are under resourced constantly have to think in survival mode, just making it to the next day or week. The Future Story Initiative inspires and equips individuals to develop and pursue a future story for their life that includes adequate resources, relationships and reasons (purpose/meaning/motivation).
The Future Story Initiative is focused on equipping under-resourced community members with emotional intelligence, social capital, knowledge of hidden rules, resiliency, hope and motivation.
The Future Story Initiative partners with under-resourced community members, employers, schools, and other nonprofit or government organizations to change attitudes and systems in order to provide increased opportunities to build resources in our communities.
To change attitudes and systems that affect under-resourced community members, CAP uses a full day “Cost of Poverty Experience” and Bridges out of Poverty Seminar. This training and experience provides a foundation of shared understanding about the issues of poverty facing under-resourced members of our community.
Under-resourced community members begin their journey in our Future Story Initiative by enrolling in one of our Essential Skills courses. Courses typically involve 10 two-hour sessions that explore emotional intelligence, the hidden rules of economic classes, resources, culture, spending, goal setting and more. Courses can be offered through an employer at a work site, for parents at a school, or out in the community at a central location.
After the Essential Skills course, participants work toward personal “SMART” goals that are set by them during the course. They may also attend monthly “Future Story Nights” and various other trainings of their choice. Future Story Initiative staff come alongside participants as they work on their goals and connect them to relevant community partners that can increase their “social capital” or provide connections to resources that can help them reach their goals.
Financial Coaching empowers community members to increase their knowledge and skills so they can build confidence to reach important financial goals they set for themselves. Financial Coaching benefits low-income community members by:
- helping them to identify challenges that have kept them from budgeting, saving or setting financial goals;
- problem solving with them to get past where they are "stuck" in managing income and expenses;
- supporting them to plan actions that change ineffective financial behaviors into positive steps to reach financial goals;
- building confidence in their ability to manage personal finances and set financial goals;
- practicing skills in tracking monthly expenditures and reducing expenses;
- and starting to increase their income through attaining or increasing employment.
Financial Coaching may help low-income community members secure affordable housing, get set to provide or receive child support, obtain legal documentation, secure stable transportation and an array of other outcomes all built on the foundation of financial stability and security.
CAP's Community Services staff are certified in Financial Coaching through The Prosperity Agenda and will focus on Financial Coaching as a method to help low-income community members build resources toward stability as they work to exit poverty.