MindSet is a program developed by ECS that is free for all accepted participants. MindSet pairs one-on-one coaching with group training to help individuals set goals, develop skills, and achieve self-sufficiency.
Unlike many other programs, MindSet uses a long-term approach that supports the whole person.
We enable participants to develop all of the skills needed to become self-sufficient by providing training, individualized coaching, and mentorship in four core areas: Health and Wellness, Employment, Education, and Financial Management.
In addition to creating and completing their own customized curriculum, MindSet participants will also receive cash incentives for finishing activities and a 2 to 1 cash match on the money they save within a designated bank account.
Unique to our program is the combination of one-on-one coaching with group trainings.
Participants will have the flexibility to create their own curriculum while benefiting from the support of their peers.
At ECS, we believe that each participant has the ability to reach their own goals with the support of a qualified coach. Our coaching model is a mutual process that requires respect, dignity, patience, and accountability from both participants and their coaches.
MindSet participants will be matched with a coach based on the coach’s experience and skillset, plus the participant’s availability and interests. Each coach is trained to understand the shifting realities in participants’ lives to ensure that if circumstances change, it will still be possible for MindSet participants to reach their goals.
If accepted into MindSet, you’ll join a cohort of your peers: motivated individuals who are ready to take control of their lives.
Your cohort will meet for group trainings at ECS every week for 15 weeks. Flexible scheduling options will be available.
During each training, you’ll learn essential skills related to one of the four core areas: Health and Wellness, Employment, Education, and Financial Management. Trainings will be delivered in the form of participatory workshops, developed and taught by qualified subject-matter experts.
MindSet participants will be encouraged to learn at their own pace. Everyone’s goals are different, so the paths to achieving them will be different as well!
Once the first 15 weeks of training are completed, you’ll work with your coach to design an individualized curriculum that matches your unique needs and interests. With your foundation set, you’ll select skill-specific workshops and ongoing activities that equip you with the knowledge that you need to reach your goals!
MindSet is provided free of charge to all participants thanks to the generosity of ECS’ committed donors.
All MindSet activities will take place at ECS’ Main Office, located at 225 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. To enable participation in the program, transportation assistance in the form of SEPTA fare will be provided to all MindSet participants. Participants will be eligible to receive SEPTA fare at each visit to ECS (a maximum of two visits per week) for up to 15 weeks.
MindSet is not a full-time commitment. If accepted as a MindSet participant, you can expect to spend approximately 15 to 20 hours per month on coaching, trainings, and workshops. Throughout the year, MindSet offerings will include scheduled one-on-one sessions with your coach, individualized activities such as education and career coaching, and group activities with your cohort of program peers.
Activities and coaching sessions will typically be scheduled during the week (Monday through Friday) but evening and weekend options will be available. You’ll build a long-term relationship with your coach in order to keep on track with your progress while navigating your own path forward.
MindSet will prepare you for more than just a job.
It will give you the tools you need to enter a career that has long-term advancement opportunities and provides you with a living wage.
Participants will engage with MindSet’s program staff who are highly-qualified specialists in the areas of education and employment. You’ll work together to develop a unique and individualized plan that will help you develop the skills needed to enter a new career or advance in your current career.
Building a strong financial foundation is a key component of MindSet. ECS will provide cash incentives for completing specific program activities. For the duration of a participant’s engagement, ECS will also offer a 2 to 1 cash match on the money each individual saves within a designated bank account. That means for every $10 you save, ECS will reward you with an additional $20 in the bank!
Most participants achieve their self-defined goals within 3-5 years.
Anticipated outcomes include:
- Graduates will have the ability to earn a living wage with benefits for themselves and their dependents
- Graduates will no longer be dependent on any government subsidies or subsidized housing
- Graduates will have saved at least three (3) months of living expenses in a secure savings account
We know that everyone’s path to prosperity will be different. MindSet staff are highly-trained and equipped to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds to create an ambitious, but achievable, path forward.
We will soon be recruiting for our third cohort.
MindSet participants are open-minded, dependable, and motivated individuals who are seeking career advancement, upward mobility, and economic self-sufficiency. Participants should be able to identify a career-related goal and have the interest and ability to work towards the completion of that goal.
To be eligible for MindSet, an applicant must be:
- Age 18 or older
- Resides in the Greater Philadelphia Area
- Legally allowed to work in the USA and have at least three to five years of work experience
- Graduated from high-school (or have a GED)
- Fluent in the ability to write and speak English
- Able to access and successfully navigate basic word processing software and email
- Living in a stable housing situation
Additionally, applicants must be experiencing one of the following employment situations:
- Actively employed and earning an annual income that does not exceed $35,360 per year or $17/hr
- Unemployed but actively looking for a job
- Enrolled in a post-secondary education or vocational opportunity
Click here to take our Eligibility Quiz. If eligible, you will be redirected to the program application.
Interested in learning more?
MindSet hosts information sessions where you can learn about the program and determine if it’s a fit for your goals. Check back for opportunities to attend future sessions.
We are currently not accepting applications.
MindSet has been developed by Episcopal Community Services (ECS), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering individuals and families to envision a positive future and follow their own paths to get there. Click here to learn more about our mission and core values
Working with communities, ECS creates programs that help people increase their ability to improve their lives. MindSet is our newest program that is based on the demonstrated success of the EMPath Model.