Franklin's Promise Coalition

About the Process!

The Crisis:

46 million Americans currently live in poverty.

It’s a problem that’s not only measured by the intangible,

personal stories of family hardship and heartache, but also

by a real cost burden to society of $500 billion per year

(Center for American Progress).

It’s a grim picture, but one that is slowly changing through

innovations like  Circles®,      a high-impact strategy

to end poverty in our nation one community at a time.

The Solution: Bridges to Circles Franklin

 

The Bridges to Circles Campaign is a transformational approach that

partners volunteers and community leaders like you with

families in need. With your help, we can:

To uplift thousands of families as they move

themselves permanently out of poverty.

Empower people from every economic class to

solve poverty in their communities.

Provide families with the training, networking,

and social capital essential to get out of poverty.

Change the systemic barriers and policies that

lock people into poverty.

Early results demonstrate that for every $1 spent on

the program, $2 in welfare and food stamp subsidies was

returned to the state, and $4 to the community as new

earned income.

“My Circle gave me a sense of family

that I needed. They were reliable and

held me accountable to my dreams.”

— Circles Leader

 

An Innovative Model to End Poverty

 

Circles®      is an innovative model based on a body of research

suggesting that in order for families with low income to improve

their situation, they must have

 

bonding social capital within the community,

 

bridging social capital  to access the

resources contained by higher income networks, and

 

linking social capital  that connects the 

first two with public institutions.

Operating in communities around the country, each Circle®

initiative consists of a family working to get out of

poverty and several middle and upper income

 

Allies who befriend them and lend support.

The family is the Circle Leader

setting direction for activities.

With the help and friendship of their allies, each family sets and

achieves goals unique to their own needs. Circle Leader Training

is a comprehensive curriculum in which Circle Leaders learn new

tools to build up financial, emotional and social resources.

Leaders also research the causes of poverty in their community.

 

Ally Training provides

Allies with the community tools to address poverty and

teaches hidden rules of class.

 

Weekly Community Meetings gather

Circle Leaders, Circle Allies, and other interested community

Members to provide support and networking opportunities. At

 

Big View Meetings,

held once per month, all the causes of poverty in the community

are addressed over time, including community and system

barriers. Each Circles®      initiative is developed and designed

by a Guiding Coalition,

 

composed of community leaders, families with low income,

elected and appointed officials, and volunteers. The coalition

works to change the mind set and policies of their community

with respect to poverty. A

Lead Organization

 

is responsible for staffing, operational oversight, and for

contributing resources to each Circles®      initiative. With the

help of passionate and dedicated people like you, Circles®       

has increased the emotional and financial stability of participating

families and reduced their use of welfare benefits. Most importantly,

Circles®      has brought the experience of poverty into the minds

and hearts of new Allies and community leaders, taking us one

step closer to the national commitment to end poverty!

 

AN INNOVATIVE MODEL TO END POVERTY

 

The United States is the richest country in the world. Yet
with 15.1% of the U.S. population and 23.1% of Franklin
County’s population living in poverty, our nation is suffering
through an enormous societal crisis.
In Franklin County, one out of every three
children live in poverty.

 

 

 

 

 

Prosper Franklin Poverty Initiative

The Crisis:

46 million Americans currently live in poverty.

It’s a problem that’s not only measured by the intangible,

personal stories of family hardship and heartache, but also

by a real cost burden to society of $500 billion per year

(Center for American Progress).

It’s a grim picture, but one that is slowly changing through

innovations like Prosper Franklin Poverty Initiative  a high-impact strategy

to end poverty in our nation one community at a time.

The Solution: Prosper Franklin 

A holistic approach to addressing the challenges that face

the people of Franklin County with and emphasis on

organizational collaboration and building human capacity.

The "Prosper Franklin Team" will focus on sustainable long

term goals which impact economic diversification,

job growth, education and workforce development, as well

as, building and bridging social capital by partners volunteers

and community leaders (like you) with families in need.

With your help, we can: uplift thousands of families as they

move themselves permanently out of poverty. Empower

people from every economic class to solve poverty in their

communities. Provide families with the training, networking,

and social capital essential to get out of poverty. Change

the systemic barriers and policies that lock people into

poverty.

 

A Model to End Poverty

 

Based on a body of research, our model, 

The Prosper Franklin Poverty Initiative,

suggesting that:

 In order for families with low income to improve their situation,

they must first learn and then have:

 

bonding social capital within the community,

 

bridging social capital  to access the

resources contained by higher income networks, and

 

linking social capital  that connects the 

first two with public institutions.

Allies who befriend them and lend support.

An Allie is a community member who is either in the middle or the

upper class, the Allie helps the particapite gain: knowledge from the 

Allies personal experience and confidence from dealing with someone 

outside their social class. 

The particapiting family is the Prosper Leader

setting direction for activities.

With the help and friendship of their allies, each family sets and

achieves goals unique to their own needs. Prosper Leader go through

a comprehensive curriculum in which they learn new

tools to build up financial, emotional and social resources.

Prosper Leaders also research the causes of poverty in their community.

 

Ally Training provides

Allies with the community tools to address poverty and

teaches hidden rules of class.

 

Weekly Community Meetings gather

Prosper Leaders, Allies, and other interested community

Members to provide support and networking opportunities. At

 

Prosper Franklin Meetings,

held once per month, all the causes of poverty in the community

are addressed over time, including community and system

barriers. Each Prosper Franklin Poverty Initiative is developed and designed

by a Guiding Coalition,

 

composed of community leaders, families with low income,

elected and appointed officials, and volunteers. The coalition

works to change the mind set and policies of their community

with respect to poverty. A

Lead Organization

 

is responsible for staffing, operational oversight, and for

contributing resources to each Prosper Franklin Poverty Initiative. With the

help of passionate and dedicated people like you, the Prosper Franklin Poverty Initiative 

has increased the emotional and financial stability of participating

families and reduced their use of welfare benefits. Most importantly,

Prosper Franklin Poverty Initiative has brought the experience of poverty into the minds

and hearts of new Allies and community leaders, taking us one

step closer to the national commitment to end poverty!

 

A MODEL TO END POVERTY

 

The United States is the richest country in the world. Yet

with 15.1% of the U.S. population and 23.1% of Franklin

County’s population living in poverty, our nation is suffering

through an enormous societal crisis.

In Franklin County, one out of every three

children live in poverty.