The Family Partnership (TFP) is expanding use of Mobility Mentoring® to provide a pathway to prosperity for low-income Minneapolis families. After a trial in the PRIDE program, TFP has trained one-quarter of all staff on this evidence-based approach and added two more dedicated “coaches”.
This grant-funded program will allow TFP to provide long-term (for at least a year) educational and economic mobility coaching to individual families served by TFP: a first for our organization, and a key strategy to help families break out of intergenerational poverty. Mobility Mentoring will be offered first to families engaged in TFP’s therapeutic preschools, in-home parenting, and anti-sex trafficking programs. It’s been offered in PRIDE for almost a year now!
To serve more participants, Danna Pena and Regina Cole have moved into their exciting new roles as Mobility Mentors, after serving as Family and Parenting Development program workers. They join Maria Zavala in PRIDE – our first Mobility Mentor – as she continues in that role.
“This program puts participants in the driver’s seat, providing a mentor who helps them to set goals related to education and economic empowerment and then, put those goals into action! A coach also helps build the motivation and persistence the participants need to stay on track in the face of life’s challenges,” says John Everett Till, senior vice president of strategy and innovation –TFP.
The Mobility Mentoring® approach was pioneered by Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath). Working with coaches, participants learn to set goals in five areas: family stability, well-being, financial management, career and education. EMPath reports that families who have access to this coaching for multiple years go on to double their incomes, save thousands of dollars, and even purchase homes.
The Family Partnership is the first in Minnesota to offer EMPath’s Mobility Mentoring long-term coaching approach.