Montoya Boykin is a Social Worker at OPEN M. Montoya received her B.A., in Social Work from the University of Akron. Montoya is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Indiana Wesleyan. Montoya has worked both in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, serving low-income families for over 20 years. Montoya also is certified as a Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer, with the mission of Bridges Out of Poverty being to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals in poverty, through individual, institutional and community change through education.
Montoya has served as one of the Lead Bridges Summit County Getting Ahead facilitators, facilitating classes here at OPEN M, Ohio Means Job Center, and South Street Ministries, facilitating over 20 Getting Ahead classes, which has graduated over 200 participants. Montoya has been very instrumental in successfully completing the Pre Pilot and Pilot Enhanced versions of Getting Ahead. In Summit County this Enhanced version was created to help individuals who have graduated Getting Ahead to begin building pathways forward such as gainful employment and post-secondary education options. This program was the first of their kind, and the outcomes have been looked at on a national Bridges scale.
As a Bridges Out of Poverty Certified Trainer, this certification enables Montoya to use her passion and life experience in the effects of poverty to train working-class professionals throughout Summit County on Bridges materials which are aimed at those whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty (service providers, businesses, court system, etc.) to help with understanding the complexities of poverty, the hidden rules that exist between classes, and the barriers that exist for those in poverty. Montoya also has graduated from the 2016 Neighborhood Leadership Institute class, helping to make a difference in the Summit County community within families and neighborhoods. Montoya also serves on the board of South Street Ministries and Dream-a-Wig Foundation.
To build bridges out of poverty by fostering health, wellness and nutrition for the body; education for the mind; and hope, joy and spiritual growth for the soul.