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Building Human Capital



Building Human Capital: The Buncombe County Experience

Building Human Capital: The Buncombe County Experience



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    • a catalyst for ending poverty
      • Community Action Opportunities is a catalyst for individual, family and community change.
      • We are a Community Action Agency, founded in 1964 by the Economic Opportunity Act.
      • We work with citizens who live on limited incomes, elected public officials and private sector representatives to confront and solve the problems that cause poverty.
      • We served over 3,700 individuals in Buncombe and Madison Counties in FY2010
      Community Action Opportunities HELPING PEOPLE. CHANGING LIVES.
      • Head Start
      • Life Works
      • Weatherization
      • NC Family Development Credential
      • 21 st Century Parenting
      • Accountable Results for Community Action – a statewide database that supports Life Works and Weatherization
      Community Action Opportunities Programs
      • Focus is on building skills of participants seeking work to lift themselves out of poverty.
      • Based largely on work of Ruby Payne’s book, “A Framework for Understanding Poverty”
      • Dr Payne describes the new rules an individual must learn to move from one class to another – from poverty to middle class
      Community Action Opportunities Life Works Program
    • Resources Needed to Move to Middle Class
      • More than financial resources are needed
      • Hidden rules exist in poverty, in middle class, and in wealth
      • A mentor/coach is needed to successfully move from one class to the next. This Coach will model and teach the hidden rules .
      Community Action Opportunities Life Works Program
    • Life Works – Working in concert with the greater community Department of Social Services United Way Agencies OnTrack Financial Counseling Mental Health Care Providers Workforce Investment Local Colleges & Universities Businesses Health Care Providers
      • Within 1-5 years, participants work to complete their goals to:
        • Secure and retain sustainable employment
        • Attain education/vocational training
        • Learn to make better use of available income
        • Obtain and maintain standard housing
        • Build self-esteem and strong work ethics
        • Reduce dependence on public benefits
      Life Works
      • Guide, support and help to remove obstacles and solve problems
      • Strengthen support networks between community programs, businesses, and colleges
      • Assess customers’ condition on a variety of domains
      • Help customers set goals and move toward a condition of thriving one step at a time
      Life Coaches
    • Life Works - Domains Measured
    • Each domain is assessed at program entry and quarterly thereafter to track incremental changes Domain Theme Employment From no work history or job skills to employment on job for more than one year and includes measurable job growth Basic Life Skills From no support system to handle the everyday problems of life to a support system without public benefits in which the customer also provides support for others Income Management From inability to pay bills for basic living expenses to maintaining a budget that manages credit and includes savings and asset accumulation Health From no access to health care for family members to ability to access and afford health care for family members
    • Domain Theme Housing From homeless to ability to afford ideal housing of choice (usually homeownership Education From less than high school education and difficulty with reading, writing and basic math skills to formal education with college degree Income From little or no income to annual income that exceeds 200% of the National Poverty Guideline for family size Nutrition From food insecurity (absence of food/missing meals) to ability to afford nutritious food of choice without help of a food subsidy Parental Support From the absence of a Father and/or a Mother from the home who has/have no contact with the child and who provide no support to a Father and Mother who cooperate together to provide consistent, adequate financial and emotional support for the child
    • Progress of Life Works 2010 Graduates
    • Social Return on Investment Life Works 2010 Graduates First Year Return is $8.42 for every $1.00 Invested