Total U.S. Population: 315 Million
Population living at or below Federal Poverty Guidelines: 16% (50.4 Million)
Children living at or below Federal Poverty Guidelines: 22% (16 Million)
We believe that responsibility for both poverty and prosperity rests not only in the hands of individuals, but also with societies, institutions, and communities.
Circles engages entire communities in owning the solution to poverty.
· Mobilizing volunteers, community leaders and organizations
· Developing leadership
· Increasing the capacity of existing social/community services
· Addressing the systems barriers faced by families trying to move out of poverty
1. Communities contact Circles USA to apply for an implementation contract. Gena@CirclesUSA.org 888-232-9285
2. Each Circles initiative is run by a community organization that builds a Guiding Coalition of private, public, and community service organizations.
3. Circles initiatives are co-designed with existing community-based organizations, resulting in two key benefits:
4. Each Circles group consists of 25 low-income families (Circle Leaders) who enroll in Circles Leadership Training Class to build financial, emotional, and social resources, as well as an Economic Stability Plan that sets goals unique to their own needs and dreams. These families, called Circle Leaders, are paired with trained middle- to high-income community volunteers, called Allies, who support their efforts to achieve economic stability. Each week, Circles groups meet to discuss strategies for attaining prosperity and to provide peer support. Monthly Big View meetings feature community discussions around systemic barriers to prosperity and strategies to remove them.
5. Each community’s Circle initiative has a Guiding Coalition comprised of five teams responsible for the development and implementation of the Circles approach, conducting weekly meetings, generating resources, linking families to education, training and jobs. The Guiding Coalition also holds a monthly Big View open house meeting for the community, designed to educate participants about the responsibility of local business and policymakers in ending poverty.