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mobility mentoring®

We coach families to increase economic self-sufficiency.

As an evidence-based coaching approach, Mobility Mentoring® allows us to partner with families and individuals and help them acquire the resources, skills and sustained behavior changes necessary to attain and preserve their economic independence.

Did you know?

The Family Partnership is the only organization in Minnesota offering the Mobility Mentoring® Intergen program for caregivers and children 17 and under, developed by EMPath in Boston. We were the first in Minnesota to pilot Mobility Mentoring® in 2018 within our PRIDE services; then quickly expanded the approach across all our service areas and now accept referrals.

How Mobility Mentoring® Works

We work with both individuals in Mobility Mentoring® and entire families in the Intergen program.

In Intergen, families work as a unit and ALL family members set goals. Parents set goals for young children (age five and under) and children six and older set developmentally relevant goals. We empower the family as a “coach”, talking or meeting with them weekly for up to a year. Unlike a case manager, the individuals in the family do the work themselves, which fosters empowerment and sustainability.

Our Mobility Mentors use the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency as a guide for parents/caregivers and their children to set personal goals to reach a healthier and less stressful life.

  • Family stability (i.e. housing and other family needs)
  • Health and Wellbeing (physical and mental health, networks)
  • Financial Management (increased savings and debt reduction)
  • Education and Training (educational attainment and job readiness)
  • Employment and Career (i.e. increase earnings levels, promotions)

During coaching sessions, we benchmark progress towards goals and provide incentives to help people celebrate their achievements and maintain their motivation. Our mentors also provide information for access to mental health and other health services, or referrals to other programs that meet a family’s needs.

80% of our participants maintained or improved their Bridge to Self-Sufficiency scores.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this for?

Mobility Mentoring® is for qualifying individuals or families who have some stability in their lives and are ready to take “next steps” to move forward:

  • Individuals or families living in Hennepin County
  • Our priority is serving low-income families, but we accept all income levels
  • Mobility Mentoring® accepts individuals

Our Intergen program accepts households of various sizes, but they must have children:

  • Children of any age can participate in the program (for children age five or younger, services will be provided with the parent/guardian together)
  • Services are offered in both English and Spanish

What is the cost?

There is no cost for qualifying families.

Where is it located?

Our team meets clients where they are most comfortable and at a time that works for them Monday-Friday. 

We are also meeting via ZOOM or by phone calls during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Enroll

Our Mobility Mentors will conduct an intake assessment for eligibility for the program. For more information or to apply, please download our referral form.

Let’s talk!

With questions around Mobility Mentoring®, please contact:

Maria Zavala

Mobility Mentor and 2Gen Specialist Program Coordinator

Direct: 612-728-2047

It was hard for me to understand the concept from my mentor that ‘I am not going to do anything for you, but I will do everything with you”. Now, I know this is the best way to empower people, by teaching us how to do things for ourselves.

Intergen Participant

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