Circles Ashland nurtures reciprocal relationships that transform communities. Their model is to lift people out of poverty and help in any way they can. Circles Ashland refers to their program participants as leaders: those who want to make a change in their lives, whether that means getting a college degree, GED, or a better job.

The program is set up so that a leader goes on their journey with two allies walking with them through the process over an 18 month to 2 year period. They welcome families to join each journey as well, taking them in and providing resources like weekly community meals and children’s programs. Circles Ashland’s program symbolizes to the community that learning is a never ending cycle.

We spoke with Peyton McCoy, Executive Director of Circles Ashland, for this Hear Together profile. You can listen to the audio link below. More information can be found at