What We Do
Meeting immediate needs and sharing strategies for success
At It Starts With You, we not only help people connect with the help they need to satisfy today’s needs — we also provide the mentoring support to hold participants accountable for their commitments and goals. It’s a holistic approach to preventing homelessness that’s changing lives for the better.
Steps to Success
Whatever your goals for the future may be, the first steps are much the same for all of them. It Starts With You works helps mentees connect with the organizations and programs that offer them.
Basic Needs — When your basic needs like food and clothing aren’t met, nothing else matters.
Housing — When you’re on a path to stabilize your finances, finding affordable housing to help you transition to the next step can make all the difference.
Employment — Polishing your interviewing skills is just one of the ways you can improve your prospects for finding a better job.
Education — It Starts With You specializes in GED mentoring to help participants pursue and attain a GED. We can also help mentees take the next step and apply for community college, trade school, or other opportunities.
Financial Literacy — Learning how to create and stick to a realistic budget is an important step toward financial security.
Child Care — Finding affordable daycare isn’t always easy. But we can help you connect with local resources that may bring child care costs within reach.
Transportation — Even if you don’t own a car, there are plenty of ways to make it to work or school on time — all it takes is a little planning and budgeting.
Here in Mesquite and the surrounding areas, we’re fortunate to have access to a wide range of government agencies, community partners, and educational resources. Yet the people who need them most may not even know they exist. It Starts With You is familiar with the many organizations and programs that can help with everything from food and clothing to child care assistance, and we work closely with participants of our mentoring program to access these critical services. In addition, It Starts With You partners with local agencies to offer the following programs:
GED Mentoring Program — Earning a GED is an important step that enhances job prospects and paves the way for higher education. That’s why It Starts With You specializes in GED mentorships supporting the GED Program offered by Mesquite Social Services. We help participants prepare for tests through tutoring and remedial classes for those who are struggling, and we help participants stay motivated to succeed by focusing on their long-term goals. When participants successfully complete the program and earn their credential, we hold a graduation event to recognize their hard work and celebrate this important milestone.
Financial Literacy Workshops — The number-one cause of homelessness is an unexpected crisis. By offering free financial literacy workshops to mentees and the community at large, we aim to help participants expand their knowledge of financial matters, enhance their confidence with budgeting and spending, and influence positive attitudes and actions related to finance.
“Finding Your Why” Course — This course is offered exclusively to our mentors to help them discover what drives and motivates them so that they can better relate to and serve our mentees.
Introduction to SMART Goals — We use SMART goals for both mentors and mentees — goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.
Career Readiness Course — From building a resume and dressing for success to mock interviews and tips on speaking professionally, this course covers all the basics.