Family Independence Initiative - Employee | GCTC

Family Independence Initiative - Employee

The Family Independence Initiative Program (FII) and Gateway students who have dependents in their home make a two-year commitment to each other. Families work together in groups of 5-12 families. Each working to reach self-selected goals they believe will help benefit their future. Group members meet monthly, hold each other accountable, and provide support and resources to each other. FII provides a $300 technology stipend to ensure families have access to a phone, tablet, or other devices where they can upload data to the cloud-based data system.

The data families share is used to help them measure their own progress and to inform FII how things are going. Families receive a data stipend during the first 6 months for sharing their information on the platform.

Once families have been in the program six months, then they are able to tap into the UpTogether resources where families access funds to support achieving their goals. FII participants are able to use funds towards buying a home, take care of transportation issues, provide enrichment opportunities for their children, and countless other goals. For more information, contact our Students Resources team at 859-815-7258 or

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