Mobility Mentoring® is a family engagement approach that uses coaching methods rooted in the latest brain science. Mobility Mentoring® aims to overcome the extreme stresses of poverty by improving focus, planning, and decision-making. It is designed to help people set and achieve future-oriented goals, despite the immediate challenges and weight of poverty.

    — EMPath

    Partnering with Economic Mobility Pathways

    (EMPath) to implement the Mobility Mentoring® approach provided Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) contractor family support staff with a clarified and consistent pathway in their strength-based work with families.

    Once staff increased confidence in the application of this coaching model, they reported increased depth of conversations with families. These deeper conversations led to more specific identified needs, individualized family goals and family support services that the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) ECEAP staff consistently see in data collected through monitoring.

    Mobility Mentoring® Approach

    Based on neuroscience and executive function research, Mobility Mentoring® has five underlying principles:

    • Individualization: There is no “one size fits all” path to economic independence.

    • Horizontality: The path to economic independence cannot be found in any one health or human service silo; effective service delivery must “bridge” silos.

    • Time: There is no quick journey from poverty to economic independence.

    • Co-investment: An individual can only fully achieve success when they are invested in that success.

    • Networking: No one gets to economic independence alone.

    Mobility Mentoring® embraces these principles by partnering trained ECEAP family support staff with families to support them in acquiring the resources, skills and sustained changes necessary to progress in each bridge pillar and to attain and preserve progress toward greater economic self-sufficiency.

    For more information, please visit www.empathways.org/approach/mobility-mentoring .