CLIMB Wyoming, a non-profit organizational, trains and places low-income single mothers in careers that allow them to successfully support their families. CLIMB Wyoming?s research-based model is based on more than 25 years of successfully helping single mothers achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.
The model was developed in Cheyenne in 1986 for, single mothers ages 16?21 under the name of the Fleming Young Parent Program. Recognizing this successful paradigm and the need to reach more single mothers, Wyoming community partners collaborated to aggressively expand the Young Parent Program model to serve low-income single mothers of all ages across the state.
Nearly half of Wyoming families living in poverty are headed by single mothers (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010)
43% of single mothers in Wyoming, and their children, lived in poverty in 2012 (National Women?s Law Center, 2012)
CLIMB adheres to the Federal Poverty Guidelines in qualifying single mothers for our program. On
average, 45% of CLIMB participants are employed in low-wage jobs, and 55% are unemployed when
they start the CLIMB program. The average annual wage of incoming CLIMB participants that are
employed is $12,000.
CLIMB moves Wyoming families off of government assistance:
Participant use of public healthcare decreases from 32% at intake to 11% two years after program completion
Participant use of SNAP (food stamps) decreases from 50% to 31% two years after program completion
CLIMB graduates decrease use of foster care, public child care and become taxpayers in their new careers