Climb

aka Climb Wyoming   |   Cheyenne, WY   |  www.climbwyoming.org

Mission

The mission of Climb Wyoming is for low-income single mothers to discover self-sufficiency through career training and placement.

Ruling year info

2005

Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Ray Fleming Dinneen

Main address

1001 W 31ST St

Cheyenne, WY 82001 USA

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Formerly known as

Our Families Our Future

EIN

20-1523033

NTEE code info

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Employment Training (J22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Wyoming, 35% of single mother families with children under the age of 18 live in poverty with this number increasing to 44% for families with children under 5 (U.S. Census Bureau 2017). These younger children are at risk for significant developmental challenges because of living in poverty during their years of greatest brain development. Climb Wyoming's skilled staff is trained to address barriers such as substance abuse, mental health issues, family violence, child behavior problems and legal challenges in order for our participants to meet with success. For over 30 years we have witnessed the ability of self sufficient Climb graduates to give back to their communities with such pride, rather than having to rely on public resources and experiencing helplessness in their struggle to free themselves and especially their children from the impact poverty has on their lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Climb Wyoming

Climb Wyoming implements our program with a creative, efficient and effective methodology that includes the following five phases:

Program Research and Planning: With a market-based approach, Climb staff identify career opportunities in growing fields with livable wages and engage and conduct surveys of businesses and industry groups. Based on this input, Climb works with a community college or private training entity to develop a curriculum for participants. Effective research and planning based on market conditions ensures that staff will be able to place participants into long-term job opportunities and will allow participants to earn a self-sufficient wage with career growth.

Participant Recruitment: Climb staff members recruit low-income single mothers who are most in need, and ready to transition to a new career opportunity. Program staff assist candidates to overcome obstacles such as low self-esteem, childcare, transportation and housing so they can fully participate.

Comprehensive Training: Job skills and work readiness trainings for participants are designed to develop the skills necessary to seek, obtain, and maintain stable, long-term careers in high-demand occupations. Life skills topics include financial literacy, budgeting, parenting skills, healthy and safe relationships, food and nutrition and more. Participants also engage in both individual and group counseling.

Job Placement: Participants transition to the actual workplace through a Climb job placement where they use skills learned during training in a position that is expected to become a long-term job. Employers are reimbursed during the 2 to 3-month work placement, and staff members work closely with employers to ensure that the participants are meeting expectations. Climb uses a market-based solution to securing jobs for single women in poverty.

Ongoing Support: Climb staff meet with graduates after they finish the program to support success in the workplace and family stability. Due to the comprehensive nature and intensity of the program it is important that Climb staff setup the participants to maintain the success they have gained.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Unemployed people, Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Climb Wyoming has served over 2,500 participants with over 4,500 children since its inception in 1986.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Unemployed people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Climb Wyoming offers on average 14 trainings per year each 6 months long at 6 different sites throughout Wyoming.

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Unemployed people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each Climb Wyoming participant training consists of 400 hours of job skills and placement, life skills training and therapeutic support.

Number of participants counseled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Unemployed people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Every Climb Wyoming participant receives both individual and group counseling by a Licensed Mental Health Provider.

Number of employer partners offering jobs to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each participant receives work experience performance evaluations in collaboration with the employer to provide ongoing support for both parties during the workplace transition.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Climb Wyoming tracks the number of participants who graduate. Since inception, 90% of participants have graduated the program.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Unemployed people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since inception of the Climb Wyoming program in 1986, 92% of participants who completed the program gain employment.

Number of program participants who remain employed 12 months after program completion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Unemployed people, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

80% of program graduates have remained employed 12 months after program completion since inception of the Climb Wyoming program in 1986.

Average change in income of clients served (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, Climb participants who were employed at the beginning of the program increased their average annual income from $16,408 to $34,471 post-program.

Percent Reduction on Public Benefits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Climb Wyoming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

About 80% of Climb graduates who were utilizing food stamps before Climb show a decrease independence 2 years post-program.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Climb Wyoming is for low-income single mothers to discover self-sufficiency through career training and placement. The goal of every Climb Program is to ensure that participants receive the training and skills necessary to enter higher paying careers and to succeed long term in all aspects of their lives. The primary program objectives are that graduates are trained and placed in high quality jobs, increase their incomes to livable wages, reduce dependence on government benefits, and learn the skills needed for successful relationships at home and at work. For job placement, Climb Wyoming's goal is to specifically target higher paying occupations that meet local workforce needs. Climb is also committed to collaboration and measuring outcomes for the purposes of analysis, gauging effectiveness, and program improvement.

Currently Climb Wyoming offers job skills and work readiness training in a variety of industries that have been identified by Climb as having workforce needs, and paying livable wages to employees. These industries include office careers, medical careers, health information technology, warehouse inventory technician, certified nursing assistants, welding, and truck driving, .

The Climb Program is comprised of the following components:
• Job Skills and Work Readiness Training – Designed to develop the skills necessary for participants to seek, obtain, and maintain stable, long-term careers in high-demand occupations.
• Life Skills – Topics at these sessions include financial literacy, parenting skills, healthy and safe relationships, child support, food and nutrition, family planning and more.
• Comprehensive Mental Health Services –Each participant undergoes a comprehensive mental health assessment that is aligned with current best practices. Mental health providers then provide appropriate treatment through individual counseling, group counseling and referrals.
• Advocacy – Climb staff members advocate on behalf of Climb participants and connect participants with community support services to meet their individual needs.
• Job Placement – Climb staff members work closely with local businesses to place participants in suitable jobs. Employers are reimbursed for wages during this early critical period
• Ongoing Support – Post program, Climb staff members meet with participants to support both their success in the workplace and their family stability.

Climb Wyoming understands that successfully moving our target population out of poverty takes much more than job training. The Climb Wyoming Program Model incorporates not only the components necessary to help low-income single mothers move toward self-sufficiency through job training and placement, but also incorporates services that extend well beyond these job-related components.

Our mental-health based program is like no other job training organization and includes group and individual counseling, life skills training, parenting skills training, financial education and peer group support. In offering these comprehensive services, we better prepare our participants for long-term success in the workplace, in their communities and in their families. This combination of services allows the single mothers we serve to overcome their personal barriers to success and make permanent life changes for themselves and their children.

The comprehensive Climb program requires a significant investment in each of our participants in order to provide them with the specialized training and mental health services that are the key elements of our success in transitioning our participants to self sufficiency.

Over an over 30 year period, Climb Wyoming has served over 2,500 participants. The unique Climb program model has produced consistently successful outcomes. Below are some recent awards and accolades:

In 2012, Climb Wyoming was recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services as one of the top 10 best programs helping to move people out of poverty and joined government officials in Washington DC to explore best practices in evidence-based implementation. This national recognition is a result of Climb's remarkable outcomes, evidence-based model design, sophisticated data collection and ability to utilize data to drive program decisions.

In 2014, Climb received the Friends of Family Services award recognizing our work in helping single mother families climb out of poverty into self-sufficiency.

In 2015, Climb was recognized as a “Promising Program" by the Center for the Study of Social Policy in a report highlighting innovative strategies for serving the unique needs of young children and their families in rural areas through a multi-generational approach.

In 2016, after researching over 200 organizations, the Institute for Women's Policy Research selected Climb as one of eight programs across the country that are “using innovative approaches to address key unmet needs among job training participants that could provide useful models for providing services cost effectively".

In 2017, Climb founder and executive director Ray Fleming Dinneen was tapped by The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty for her expertise and insight. She joined 30 leading practitioners and policymakers from across the country at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC in an invite-only discussion on implementing and scaling ideas to substantially increase mobility from poverty in the United States.

In 2018, Climb was honored to have U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visit our Cheyenne program as part of his “Back to Our Roots” national tour. In particular, Perdue was interested in how Climb Wyoming graduates transition off public assistance when they find stable careers, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that his agency administers.

In 2019, Climb was recognized by the Wyoming Counseling Association (WCA). The Wyoming Counseling Association, through its Garth Shanklin Exemplary Practices Award, recognizes agencies and programs which best exemplify the mission of WCA.

In 2020, in recognition of its strong outcomes and innovating programming, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected Climb for a comprehensive TANF case study along with a select few other innovative employment and training programs in the country serving low-income individuals. From this study, information regarding successful strategies will be shared with other agencies and policy makers helping groups across the country be more effective at breaking the generational cycle of poverty.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Climb serves the most vulnerable populations in the State of Wyoming, low-income single mothers and their children.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Climb

Board of directors
as of 3/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Laura Hewitt Ladd

Management Consultant

Term: 2019 - 2021

Wendy Curran

Kelly Barlow

Tyler Garrett

Laura Ladd

Carrie Kirkpatrick

Rosie Berger

Beth Worthen

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/17/2021,

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Leadership

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