Bridges has another great addition to the facilitator family, LaKeyue Williams! LaKeyue serves at the YWCA as an Economic Empowerment Advocate. “I just celebrated a year (July 27, 2017). I provide case management for women with self-sufficiency goals and facilitate Economic Empowerment classes, including Bridges Out of Poverty Getting Ahead classes.”
A newcomer to Bridges facilitating, LaKeyue is currently facilitating her second class at YWCA North Central, but she states she would definitely like to do more.
LaKeyue was motivated to become a facilitator through her willingness to spread empowerment. “I have a personal commitment, as well as professional, to empower women. I had my “aha” moment during a Day One training while working for the Youth Service Bureau as a Young Mom’s Self Sufficiency Specialist.”
There have been other personal “aha” moments that LaKeyue has experienced while facilitating. “My strongest aha moment was when I began looking at poverty through the three lens perspective: individual, community, and institution.
Prior to the Day One class, I knew something was not quite adding up. I began to become very critical of my own choices. Yes, I graduated with two Bachelor degrees from Bethel College; I was married prior to having children; and I worked full time in the Social Service field, yet I was still in poverty and eligible for the same benefits I referred many clients to.”
Facilitating has also been a learning experience for LaKeyue. “I have learned that while people have to be responsible for their own choices, there are many other factors contributing to poverty that the community and institutions must take a stand on. The women who have taken the class are extremely resourceful and motivated. We all need support and resources to become self-sufficient. That is where bridging capitals come in at.”
“I have also learned that the mind set can be the hardest obstacle to overcome. For those of us in Social Service, we must understand the unique and tremendous responsibility we have in planting seeds of change and hope. If you don’t take the time to build the relationship, which is the foundation, the good work will be in vain.”
LaKeyue is both honored and humbled by being a facilitator. “I receive internal satisfaction when others have their “aha” moments and begin working on their future stories.”
For those who have not taken a Getting Ahead class, LaKeyue recommends that you “Take the class. You won’t regret it. The information is priceless and life changing.”
Lastly, “I would love to see Getting Ahead offered to more middle class and wealthy people and establishments. One class cannot resolve the issue of poverty. All three classes must work together, have a seat at the table, and listen to one another in order to make change possible.”
“…Have a seat at the table”
-- LaKeyue Williams