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Project Prosper is a collaborative focused on helping single parents achieve economic and education success for their families. The intergenerational project is aimed at strengthening the capability of the Miami Valley region to recruit more individuals into the education and workforce pipeline, provide stronger family supports, and build connections to self-sufficient career pathways.

Using a two-generational approach, the collaborative plans to engage single parents and their children in Dayton and the surrounding areas, helping parents pursue a high-demand trade/post-secondary credential that leads to stable employment, set pathways toward long-term economic stability, and inspire academic achievement by their children.

Breaking the Cycle

Single-parent families are roughly four times more likely to lack self-sufficiency (and be officially poor).

Extract Effect’s Project Prosper marks a pivotal shift from treating the symptoms of poverty to breaking the cycle and preventing the epidemic in future generations. We are helping families overcome barriers like employment, unstable living conditions and lack of education.

Working together with parents, we help them get training, further their education, obtain employment, budget their money and secure stable housing.

Once those barriers have been overcome, we can break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability and lead families instead down a path toward increased stability and ultimately, self-sufficiency.

Our Ministry Exists to Serve Courageous Single Parents

There are children in our communities whose lives are unstable and whose challenges change day to day. They have mothers, aunts, uncles, fathers and grandparents who deeply love them and want the best for them, but they don’t have the resources or support systems to succeed.

It is our strong desire to serve children and families like these. Our ministry exists to serve courageous single parent households who need support, stability and encouragement as they fight to better their lives and provide their families a future filled with hope and possibility.

A Path to Self-Sufficiency

Assistance is provided to single parents from all walks of life so they can focus on resolving their individual circumstance and temporary family instability. The program is designed to accommodate parents age 18 and older for approximately 4 months.

Some of the ways we work to provide self-sufficiency for these parents and their children include: 

  • Assist with working toward career advancement
  • Having Godly men & women of Christ offer wisdom and friendship as mentors
  • Assistance continuing or completing their education
  • Helping develop budgets and requiring them to save money that will allow them to graduate the program with more stability
  • Teaching them how to cook nutritious meals that are simple and cost effective
  • Connecting them with local churches
  • Teaching them life skills that will help them be better mothers to their children

Here's how you can Help

  • Make a financial gift so we can support more courageous mothers around the state
  • Become a mentor for a single parent. Share your expertise on meal planning, creating (and sticking to) a budget and cooking nutritious meals that are affordable
  • Give our Single Parents new and gently-used clothing to add to their wardrobe as they enter the workforce
  • Provide transportation and/or emergency child care when a need arises.
  • Host a yard sale to raise money for our Project Prosper ministry

Mentor a Single Parent

Choose what time-frame you are able to commit.

Here are several options to prayerfully consider:

  • 1 hour a week. In one hour a week you can help a Single Parent and their family move into a confident, secure future in the will of God and your support can help break the cycle of trauma and/or insecurity for her children.
  • 10 weeks of New Start for Single Parents. This is where mentors really step in and go through 10 weeks of Christ-centered curriculum with a single parent. There are also needs for volunteer facilitators or co-facilitators from time to time and guest speakers who teach a specific topic though this is covered under the life skills bullet point.
  • Weekly or Monthly devotions, listening and assisting in reaching goals.
  • 1 hour a week or month to help kids with homework, provide childcare for the parent while they attends their New Start class or teaching/co-teaching Brave Kids curriculum to the children.
  • 1 time a month to take parents and their children on pre-approved outings. This builds healthy relationships.
  • 1 time a quarter for one year. Use your gifts and skills to teach a life-skills application “workshop” for single parents.

The Facts

Research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty threshold to meet their most basic needs. Children living in families with incomes below this level—$48,678 for a family of four with two children in 2016—are referred to as low income. The United States measures poverty by an outdated standard developed in the 1960s.

In Ohio, there are 1,366,019 families with 2,579,249 children.

Low-Income Children: 43% (1,113,323) of children live in low-income families (National: 41%)

Low-Income Children: 43% (1,113,323) of children live in low-income families (National: 41%)

The consequences of poverty must also be mentioned. For example, 22.5% of the households in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA (Montgomery, Greene and Miami Counties) struggle with food hardship, the fourth highest rate among MSAs in the country.

A large body of research continues to document the negative effects of poverty on children and their later life outcomes.

  • Children growing up in poverty complete less schooling, work and earn less as adults, are more likely to receive public assistance, and have poorer health.
  • Boys growing up in poverty are more likely to be arrested as adults and their female peers are more likely to give birth outside of marriage.
  • Researchers have estimated that the costs associated with child poverty total about $500 billion per year, or 4 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

While education has been envisioned as the great equalizer, this promise has been more myth than reality. Today, the achievement gap between the poor and the non-poor is twice as large as the achievement gap between Black and White students. The tracking of differences in the cognitive performance of toddlers, elementary and middle school students, and college-bound seniors shows substantial differences by income and/or poverty status. These differences undoubtedly contribute to the increasing stratification in who attends and graduates from college, limiting economic and social mobility and serving to perpetuate the gap between rich and poor.

Source: Coley, R. & Baker, B. (2013). Poverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward. Princeton, NJ: ETS Center for Research on Human Capital and Education, page 3

To speak with someone about program details and/or needs within our Project Prosper ministry, contact us.