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About Us

Through Getting Ahead workshops

and the Staying Ahead Network 

we aspire to deplete Beaver County of poverty 

one person at a time.  


Getting Ahead Workshops 

offer under-resourced individuals an opportunity to form new relationships,

gain tools to increase resources, and create a strategic plan

to build a more prosperous and stable life. 

The Staying Ahead Network

supports the continued progress of GA workshop graduates

by nurturing strategic relational connections (e.g. friendship, coaching,

and apprenticeships) as well as providing additional classes and resources.


 [From national data surveying 1,697 graduates]

55% increased monthly income

50% decreased monthly debt 

51% decreased total debt 

44% increased assets

22% increased stable housing, a 

24% improvement paying bills 

16% increased job stability

27% improvement managing stress.

39% decreased use of gov't benefits

Our Approach

Getting Ahead Beaver County

offers a mechanism for progress

for individuals, families,

and whole communities. 

It was born of a desire

to support what already exists,

complement rather than duplicate

other projects,

and collaborate with others

as often as possible.

Our Team

Erik Kerr, Project Director

Erik joined Beaver County's constellation of amazing nonprofits and social service agencies in the spring of 2021, after 25 years working as a musician and pastor in a church context. Hired by Lifesteps as a Family Support Specialist, Erik gained valuable experience, training in Motivational Interviewing, and knowledge of the many resources available to struggling people in Beaver County. When he learned about the Getting Ahead workshop, Erik recognized a unique opportunity to help under-resourced people build a more stable and prosperous life for themselves. As the Project Director, Erik works directly with workshop participants,  graduates, community partners, and volunteers.  

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Dave Novak, Advising Director

Dave, an entrepreneur and successful businessman, brings extensive knowledge and experience to his role as Advising Director. While he is content to work behind the scenes, helping with organizational leadership and strategic planning, he is resolute in his commitment to help others to find their way to a better life. Born and raised in Ambridge, Dave is on a mission to see Beaver County thrive.   

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