By Maridith Yahl
The Life Learning Center in Covington is helping those at risk to make constructive and meaningful changes in their lives. Founded to help individuals help themselves break the cycle of poverty, the program provides an education that helps individuals achieve and sustain their potential.
Those at risk for poverty or homelessness apply to be a candidate, says Denise Govan, Managing Director.
“The verbiage we use here is very unique, we don’t call them clients, they are called candidates because we believe they’re candidates for change,” she says. During the interview process, a barrier analysis is made so barriers (anything from the need for glasses to childcare) can be removed, ridding them of distractions during the 12-week program.
Innovation resoundingly drives the program. “The first 3 weeks they’re focusing on really getting to know themselves,” says Govan. An introspective program, ‘Foundation for a Better Life,’ drives candidates to self-reflect, learn their personality style, understand the stages of change, find purpose and reasons for being in the program, and develop a vision, she says. “[They are] focusing on how to let go of the past, the things they can’t control,” says Govan.
Candidates move right into working for a better life. Concentrating on employment, they build skills in areas such as how to build a resume, interviewing, being a good employee, and advancement opportunities. “It’s all about the long-term strategy for success,” Govan says.