brisben mobility mentoring

Mobility Mentoring is an evidence-based, internationally renowned approach to overcoming poverty developed by EMPath (https://www.empathways.org/approach/mobility-mentoring) of Boston in partnership with Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child (https://developingchild.harvard.edu/) and the US Partnership for Mobility from Poverty (https://www.mobilitypartnership.org). It is based on the latest brain research across many organizations, taking into account how the stresses and traumas of poverty can keep people mired in it. 

CLICK THE IMAGE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Using Brain Science to Transform Human Services and Increase Personal Mobility from Poverty

CLICK THE IMAGE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Using Brain Science to Transform Human Services and Increase Personal Mobility from Poverty

Mobility Mentoring’s theory of change, the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency, sets and furthers the attainment of participant-set goals in the domains of housing, career, financial management, education, and family well-being.  Uniquely, the program maintains that economic self-sufficiency requires progress in each of these areas.  The Bridge to Self-Sufficiency also functions as a proven measure of progress toward goal achievement and economic independence. 

For at least a year, 30 trained Brisben Center volunteer mentors meet one-on-one twice a month with 30 committed heads of household.  The relationships begin in the shelter setting, and then follow the program participants as they transition into housing.  Mentors will skillfully coach participants to improve focus, finances, and future-oriented, decision-making abilities so that optimal progress continues to be made beyond the life of the program. 

Moving out of poverty is no longer a short process of following a simple roadmap to a good job. It has become a lengthy, complex navigational challenge requiring individuals to rely on strong executive function (EF) skills (impulse control, working memory, and mental flexibility) in order to effectively manage life’s competing demands and optimize their decisions over many years. 

 -Elisabeth Babcock, President & CEO of EMPath



Volunteer mentors work one-on-one with low-income program participants twice a month for a year. After eight hours of initial training, they commit to four to six hours of mentoring/coaching per month. Mentors are compassionate, open to learning in challenging situations, and eager to coach an adult program participant to establish a pathway to economic self-sufficiency. A background check is required. Training will begin in February 2019 for a March 11, 2019 program start. Click here to learn more about Mobility Mentoring.


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