Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World

Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World (GA) is an internationally recognized, 16-20 week program known for its interactive small group format. No one “teaches” you what you want to learn – you discover what’s best for you. Getting Ahead  helps individuals impacted by poverty to build their resources needed for a better life.

green chalkboard stick figure on stairs to success

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

Are you tired of just getting by? Ready to start getting ahead?

Applications are now being accepted.

Fill out the brief application on the back of the GA brochure
Return to: Facilitator Kelly Overholtzer
Seton Center
226 East Lincoln Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727.


The Getting Ahead curriculum:

  • Involves rigorous work done in a safe, kitchen-table style learning environment with the support of an experienced facilitators.
  • Enables participants, called “Investigators,” to examine their own experience of inadequate resources as well as explore issues in the community that impact success − banking, housing, jobs, transportation − providing critical information the community can use to take action to end the cycles of poverty.
  • Compensates Investigators for their time when they attend a weekly three-hour meeting.
  • Guides Investigators through an assessment of their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move toward self-sufficiency.
  • Puts the concepts, tools and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.

Catch a glimpse of Getting Ahead news coverage on I-270 News of WHAG TV.

New groups form about twice a year, and we’re looking for more participants!

Donations of group meals are needed – please see details below.

Group 4 Graduates August 6, 2018
Left to right: Co-Facilitator Brian Neville, Jessi Miller, Shawna Ruby, Nancy Allene Saxton, Co-Facilitator Kelly Overholtzer, Priscilla Bateman, Debbie Arnold, Michael Legenzov, Chastity Henning, Makeba McCrary. (Not pictured, Willy Ngiratraol and Co-Facilitator Missy Shank)

If you’d like to support the Investigators and be part of their long-term, sustainable growth, opportunities include:

  • Donations of incentive gift cards in increments of $30.
  • Investigator sponsorship of $600 covers the curriculum books and graduation materials.

Other opportunities

Home-cooked or take-out evening meals are always welcome and appreciated during our sessions. Please call Kelly at extension 17 to sign up.

Need more info?

For more information, to express interest in participating or providing a meal, send a message or call Kelly Overholtzer.

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