Emerging Practice Series: Utah: Use of Community Volunteers to Support TANF Participants

TANF participants in Utah are moving from poverty to earning incomes at or above 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) through a social capital-building strategy. Implemented by the Utah Department of Workforce Services through partnerships with community action agencies, the Circles program matches TANF participants with community volunteers in a long-term weekly support group. With this circle of support and resources, participants are empowered to move toward employment and self-sufficiency.

This brief is part of the Emerging Practice Series of the Office of Family Assistance’s Integrating Innovative Employment and Economic Stability Strategies (IIEESS) initiative, which highlights the strategies of TANF agencies and their partners to help low-income individuals gain and sustain meaningful employment. Each brief describes an emerging practice that has been implemented in one site, an overview of the program model, and the results that have been achieved. Compelling stories of participants’ success and suggestions from TANF agency staff to their peers provide actionable insights and on-the-ground perspectives.

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Stakeholder Resource
Publication Date: 
June, 2019
June 2019
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  • Employment
    • Employment Advancement
    • Employment Retention
    • Job Development and Placement
    • Job Readiness
    • Job Search
    • Mentoring
  • Asset Building
    • Financial Literacy and Education
  • TANF Program Administration
    • Collaborations and Partnerships
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