Building relationships across social class lines is a complex process with many rewards and pitfalls. Best practices gleaned from Circles USA, NC Circles Plus, asset-based community development, strength-based assessment, a historical movement resulting in significant change, and other research based material informed the development of the NETworX model.
MODEL AND STRATEGY
At the model's core are weekly meetings that include shared meals, time for relationship-buildling and mutual accountability, goal setting, and celebration. Childcare and transportation, frequent barriers to regular participation, are provided as neede without cost. Education around foundational issues of self-awareness, holistic poverty, resources, the role of trauma, and community change form the topical base of the training classes. Matched relationships built over a period of time are central and are supported by training paraprofessionals. Matching strategies are determined locally based on suggested models. Finally, because the level of transformation desired takes place over time, participants are asked to dedicate 18-36 months to training and relationship building.
Champions of Change and Allies begin at a minimum with an interest in changing the mindset of poverty, having capacity for personal change, and committing to engaging openly with others, especially during the rough spots, toward a goal of personal and community well-being. For this reason participants share common criteria including (1) having a stable residence, (2) not actively abusing drugs or alcohol, (3) having a commitment to non-violent problem solving and (4) consistency/stability in addressing personal mental health needs.
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Champion of Change -
a hard working individual committed to moving out of poverty
Community Ally -
a middle class individual working with Champions to eliminate obstacles to their goals.