Circles Initiative diagram

The Circle™ is made up of...

  1. The Circle Leader who is the adult in a family who is committed to getting out of poverty.
  2. The Circle Allies who are willing to help the Circle Leader reach the goals they have set for themselves and their family.
  3. The Circle Allies are members of the Guiding Coalition team and have responsibities outlined under Guiding Coalition.

This group will meet monthly, with meal and child care provided.

Community Team - Build community through weekly gatherings

  1. Meeting place secured, cleaned
  2. Meals planned
  3. Childcare and child development activities planned
  4. Informational presentations that support each person's Getting Ahead plans.
  5. Networking for resources

The Recruitment Team - Recruit Allies and Circle Leaders

  1. Builds community networks to publicize Circles and create opportunities for recruitment
  2. Makes presentations to groups to recruit Allies or Circle Leaders
  3. Engages Leaders, Allies and Guiding Coalition members in the recruitment process
  4. Collaborates with Circles staff in implementation of Ally training


Resources - secure resources necessary for community building and self-sufficiency. Can include:

  1. Secure staffing
  2. Car donations
  3. Weekly meal donations
  4. Individual Development Accounts
  5. Revolving loans
  6. Service system brokering
  7. Long-range development plan

Economic Stability- Ensure Circle leaders have access to income and education opportunities

  1. Organize referral network with workforce and education systmes
  2. Be aware of each Circle Leader's income and education goals
  3. Remove barriers to accessing education and new jobs

Big View - Organize Circle leaders and allies to change the mindset so the community believes it can and wants to end poverty

  1. Review investigations from Getting Ahead
  2. Plan and deliver Big View meetings in a coherent, 9-12 month campaign towards short-term win
  3. Communicate with all Circles on the Big View
  4. Develop partners locally, statewide, and/or nationally to achieve policy and structural changes
  5. Oversee evaluation