How H4S has helped me...
As a single mom of three boys I've been earning a living to support my family for many years. Brad Lebowsky of Hunger for Success helped me realize I don't have to be stuck where I am until I retire. I can venture out, discover what I am passionate about, build my skills in that area, and make a living doing something I love.
At every job I've ever had I have always created SOPs or manuals to make the job run more smoothly. It's just in my nature. I organize processes and procedures in a way that is understandable in order to get the job done. Now I want to get paid for doing that and I want to work at a company that thinks outside the box. So after working with Hunger for Success for a few months, my thinking is to find a way I can write now and build my resume, and spend more time camping with my youngest son (my two older boys are in college). Here's my new plan: build a teardrop trailer, write a blog as I go, document my progress, and also write technical directions for construction as I go. Blog = resume. I thought Brad might be chagrined at my choice of path forward, but he's excited because I'm excited and he still has more to show me about resume building and being the best employee I can be.
Skip ahead a month or two: I met with Jon at Oregon Trail'R in Eugene, Oregon. While discussing teardrop trailer kits I mentioned to him that if he didn't already have someone to write his instruction manual, I would love to be that person. After some discussion he emailed me the PDF of an instruction manual he had already created for his first trailer kit. He asked if I would review it. This way he gets a look at the quality of my work and I, at the very least, have a chance to hone my technical writing skills. I'll keep you posted!
As you know, poverty often persists throughout multiple generations. We strongly feel that the most effective approach to breaking the poverty cycle is found in higher education and job training. In 2011, Oregonians with a bachelor’s degree earned $50,000 per year while those with a high school degree averaged about $26,000.1
How can we make a difference? According to the World Health Organization; the determinants that make people healthy include:
Income and social status - higher income and social status are linked to better health. The greater the gap between the richest and poorest people, the greater the differences in health.
Education – low education levels are linked with poor health, more stress and lower self-confidence.
Social support networks – greater support from families, friends and communities is linked to better health.
Hunger for Success™ is the only organization that helps low income residents through their entire journey starting with college navigation and going all the way through to job placement. In addition, no other organization includes professional development as part of job training. At Hunger for Success™, we don’t stop there. We provide guidance for each participant to give back to their community and pay forward all that they learned for free.
References: 1US Census, American Community Survey 2006-2010.
Our training program runs all year long for the duration of our participant’s journey through college including to but limited to maintaining a family wage job. Our training program consists of the following topics:
1. Resume Building
2. College Entrance
3. Professional Development:
i. Strength Based Management
ii. Listening Skills: Trusted Advisor
iii. Generational Strategies
4. Job Placement Services: resume, interviewing skills, job search
5. Job Mentoring: engagement and personal development plan during the first 6 months of employment.
6. Giving Back: creating opportunities to “pay forward” the participants FREE training.