Systemic Change initiatives enable our neighbors themselves to engage in the identification of root causes of their poverty and to create strategies to change them.

To help our neighbors make systemic changes in their lives, the Dayton District Council offers Getting Ahead classes. Participants meet weekly for 16 weeks to examine their poverty experiences, assess their own resources and ways to build them as they move toward self-sufficiency, and write goals designed to help them move toward more prosperous lives for themselves and their families. The topics covered help participants better understand how our society and the economy work, including:

  • Causes of Poverty
  • Hidden Rules of Economic Class
  • Building Resources
  • Theory of Change

Systemic Change

The Dayton District Council provides monthly support to Getting Ahead graduates as they work toward their goals by offering financial literacy education, nutrition classes, and “peer support” get-togethers.

To learn more, contact:

Jennifer Kendall

Getting Ahead Coordinator


Contact Us:
St. Vincent de Paul Dayton
124 West Apple St.

Phone: 937.222.5555
Fax: 937.222.7944

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