WE ARE BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY BY HELPING INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO HELP THEMSELVES THROUGH OUR NEWEST AND INNOVATIVE HIGHER EDUCATION AND EDUCATION-BASED TRAINING PROGRAMS
We are dedicated to our innovative approach to break the poverty cycle by focusing our efforts on individuals who are motivated to improve their lives and attain not just self-sufficiency, but long-term sustainability through education. ACTION partners with the community, service agencies, businesses and schools /colleges to participate in the success of changing lives. This is not a quick fix, but possible through education and training.
Each program has dedicated Career Coaches who partner with the students as both a personal mentor and academic adviser to ensure they not only stay on track, but have someone who cares to give that extra push and help to build their confidence. The Career Coaches work with participants to conduct initial in-depth interviews and counseling to help identify strengths, weaknesses and life goals. We assist in developing detailed Education-Based Action Plans to reach short– and long-term goals, ultimately leading to high demand careers with upward mobility and commensurate wages.
Each program provides:
Achieving Career Excellence, A.C.E., focuses on Special Populations including ex-offenders, veterans, seniors, SNAP recipients and individuals recovering from substance abuse. Participants must be focused on and committed to improving their futures by completing their GED and achieving a Certificate in a high demand fields offered through the local Technical Colleges.
To provide the very best opportunities for success to our participants, ACTION has partnered and collaborates with:
If you are committed to literally changing your life, then you may qualify for A.C.E.!
HIGH DEMAND CAREER TRACKS
Participants will have an opportunity to achieve their GED. Even more exciting, the ability to continue with education-based training opportunities in these High Demand Career Tracks are offered:
The High School Youth Program Serves individuals in Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton Counties
The High School Youth Program provides individualized case management services to high school youth identified as having a high drop-out risk. Our staff works side-by-side with each participant to ensure that each has the appropriate necessary supportive services to graduate from high school, while also promoting career and/or training opportunities to continue their educational path to College, Technical School, or to successfully enter the military or workforce. Each of the youth enrolled is assigned a Case Manager that meets with him/her on at least a monthly basis to provide counseling and other services within the program’s Fourteen Elements. As funding allows, each participant is also provided additional development opportunities to further enhance their future success.
The Fourteen Elements
Made possible with funding through the Regional Commission / Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the High School Youth Program provides each participant with 14 elements of service:
STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY
In order to be accepted and enroll in the High School Youth Program, each participant must be:
Our newest program, Opportunities to Excel!, focuses on expanding our High School Youth Program. Our Career Coach partners to transition students from High School and into College or Technical College. Our goal is to help each student to realize their potential and achieve success by graduating from high school, continuing on to and graduating from College or Technical College, and ultimately succeed in a career offering future progression and sustainable earnings.
ACTION's dedicated Career Coach first begins by receiving recommendations from students' high school Career Coaches / Advisors while students are in their junior year. Our Career Coach then meets with each candidate and his/her parent or guardian to assess financial eligibility, program eligibility and commitment to achieving the goal of graduating from College or Technical College. At the point of forming a success-based partnership, our Career Coach works on-on-one with each student throughout their senior year to transition them successfully into College or Technical School and, following the transition phase, continues partnering throughout the participant's post-secondary education to help ensure success.
ACTION also works with Foothills Charter Schools and other collaborative partnerships to identify students who have demonstrated success and commitment to achieving their high school diploma.
Our Career Coach provides:
Who Are Our Participants?
Our primary participants are recommended by Career Coaches and Advisors from the high schools in our ten-county service area, along with students from Foothills Charter Schools and other collaborative partnerships. Each student must be income eligible and committed to successfully graduating from College or Technical College. Additionally, each student must agree to:
The Educational Reentry Program Serves individuals in Barrow and Jackson Counties
The Educational Reentry Program provides case management services to youth who have dropped out of high school, and will enroll in Lanier Technical College to achieve their GEDs and enter certification programs in high demand career fields which offer sustainable wages. Participants may also choose to pursue certificate and diploma programs offered by other area Technical Colleges, NHMI and other approved programs of study in order to successfully enter the workforce. We help our participants access training, employment, education, and support services to succeed in the labor market and provide competitive skills to compete in a global economy.
By matching a dedicated Career Coach to work one-on-one with each student, we provide a comprehensive support system to help them to realize their greatest potential. By participating in this program, students receive:
One Opportunities in ACTION program, Opportunities Now, is committed to helping individuals make strategic long- term life changes. We have dedicated an entire department, focused activities and \ objectives, and are working with schools / colleges, businesses and other agencies to participate in the success of changing lives. This is not a quick fix and is accomplished by providing intensive case management, essential employment and life skills training, mentoring and hands-on involvement by a committed Career Coach and staff.
Who becomes a part of Opportunities Now?
Someone who is committed to entering and completing an educational track including:
The staff of our Opportunities Now program are dedicated to partnering with participants to identify their educational and professional goals, and then work step- by-step to map out a plan of action that will lead to a successful outcome.
We are committed to:
What is Required?
Individuals interested or referred to this program must be income eligible. The first step involves completion of the application process and, if selected, to continue the screening process by participating in an interview to determine overall commitment and need for optimal success. Participants must sign a contract agreeing to:
Our Program Principals
ACTION provides services that lend a helping hand. Each county has a dedicated staff member who is available to help those who have experienced an unforeseen hardship in their lives or are in need of employment support. We assess both the need and the solution to getting them past the current situation, which may seem too insurmountable to focus on long-range goals. Our services may include help with rent, energy and mortgage expenses, or essential employment supplies.
We work with individuals to help them through an immediate ‘crisis’ situation that has caused them to become behind in their bills. In order to encourage financial sustainability, along with independence and responsibility, we have measures in place requiring individuals to:
The Full Plate Program is the only food rescue and redistribution program in Northeast Georgia.
For over 20 years, Full Plate has reduced the food budgets of our partner meal-service sites by over 33%. Our service translates into real monetary savings to these agencies, allowing them to focus their staff, financial resources and programs on providing the best services those in the most need.
With a staff of only two, Full Plate picks up excess prepared and perishable food from commercial kitchens, restaurants and grocery stores in Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Oconee and Walton Counties. The food is then quickly delivered to agencies dedicated to serving the low income, abused, and homeless.
Each and every week, our two staff members are able to touch over 700 individuals and enhance the services they receive from our partnership organizations!
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WE COULD NOT DO THIS WITHOUT THE GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:
WHO WE SERVE
The Full Plate Program partners with human service agencies serving a diverse population, including at-risk children and youth, domestic violence survivors, those recovering from addiction, and the homeless.
In calendar year 2017 alone, Full Plate delivered over 161,562 pounds of food to provider agencies that resulted in a $269,809 cost savings to the partnerships. With a staff of only two, ACTION touches over 700 lives on a weekly basis.
Some of our partnership agencies to which we deliver include:
As a HUD Certified agency, our housing counselor is experienced with services including foreclosure prevention, rental counseling, homebuyer assistance, homeless counseling and home maintenance education. We also provide individual and group counseling and workshops on issues including budgeting, credit repair, and home maintenance. We are committed to educating every individual in financial literacy and being money smart!
Our Comprehensive Housing Counseling Program provides services completely free of charge.
Our dedicated Housing Counselors offer one-on-one counseling sessions and group education workshops on several topics which include:
Our focus is to assist clients affected by predatory lending, and/or who are pursuing loss mitigation strategies. For clients facing foreclosure, our counselors will be actively involved in direct negotiation with the lender with the goal of preventing foreclosure.
Serving Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Dekalb, Elbert, Greene, Gwinnett, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rockdale and Walton Counties
ACTION’s main goal is to assist both individuals and families in their efforts to maintain safe, energy efficient housing. The services ACTION’s Housing Department provides include Weatherization Assistance, Emergency Home Repair and Housing Preservation.
Our staff completes an on-site energy and safety audit of each home to determine the scope of work and most cost effective measures to give the highest return.
By achieving greater energy efficiency in the home, owners are able to realize real monetary savings in their energy bills, resulting in cost savings in their already-limited budgets.
WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM DETAILS
The Purpose of the Weatherization Program is to increase the energy efficiency and safety of the home. Energy Conservation services may include:
HOW TO APPLY
INTEGRATION OF SERVICES
This is an area that is very important to us. At one time, most of our departments operated very separately. We are now dedicated to operating as a true team and ensuring that we are focusing on an integrated, holistic approach to our services.
By working to touch multi-generations of families as well as transitioning individuals from one program to another, individuals are much better equipped to not only help themselves, but to move their lives forward beyond self-sufficiency, to true sustainability.
An example of INTEGRATING SERVICES occurred when our Housing Counselor, when working with an individual to help prevent foreclosure, broadened the conversation to include their educational and career goals. Our Counselor connected the client with one of our Opportunities Now Career Coaches to further pursue enrollment into a technical school diploma program.
Another example is with our High Youth Program. As our High School Youth successfully graduate, their need for mentored support does not necessarily end. For these youth, they are able to continue with our support through our Opportunities Now program. An example of this is Felisa, a young woman who originally began in our High School Youth program. A couple of years after graduation, she called us and, through the continued Mentoring, Coaching, Support and other services offered such as tutoring through Opportunities Now, she has graduated from college with her B.S.N. and is successfully employed!
Mayor Kelly Girtz
Commissioner Isaiah Berry
Commission Chairman Tommy Lyon
Commissioner Gary Usry
Commissioner Kevin Poe
Commissioner John Scarborough
Commissioner Donald Harris
Commission Chairman John Daniell
District Commissioner Tracy Norman
Commissioner Kirklyn Dixon
Tommy Lyon, Chairman
Melvin Davis, Vice Chairman
Kim Mattox, Secretary
Ricky Cosby, Treasurer
LOW INCOME SECTOR
Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton Counties
The High School Youth Program also serves Jasper and Newton
Weatherization also serves Dekalb, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale