The Moving Ahead Program is a classroom-based employment readiness program serving adult men and women who have histories of homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse. MAP prioritizes serving individuals who are currently homeless. MAP maintains a very low barrier to entry, requiring only 30 days sobriety, an 8th grade literacy level, a stated intention to find and maintain employment, and a stated commitment to meeting the expectations of the program.
MAP classes are 14 weeks long and operate on a rolling basis throughout the year. Students participate in the classroom Monday-Friday, for a total of 24 hours per week. The curriculum includes self-exploration, stress-management and overall wellness, workplace readiness and relevant skill building, career exploration, basic computer skills, and job search techniques and practices including resumes, cover letters, online databases and applications, interviewing skills and practice, and communicating with employers. Work in the classroom is supplemented by the Employment Services team, which seeks out and manages existing employer partnerships, and connects students with employers and jobs. Students also participate in Studio Shine, a career image program component which prioritizes self-image and professional image, and provides students with clothing they need for interviews and the workplace. Finally, each student works individually with the on-staff counselor, who helps them to identify and reduce barriers to their success in the job market or workplace and help them to ensure stability in their recovery and or other areas of their lives.
The classroom and individual work is supplemented by a variety of other program supports designed to reduce barriers to success and ensure the likelihood of participant completion and job placement. All participants receive 16 weeks of temporary housing in a sober environment, a weekly stipend to pay for essential items, and a MBTA pass to remove any barriers to daily attendance, and breakfast and lunch daily.
This program is not typically offered remotely.