Who We Are

Our Mission

Inspire and equip families and communities

to resolve poverty and thrive.


How We Started 

  • Circles® USA is the result of more than 20 years of research and the development of leadership tools for communities by Move the Mountain Leadership Center.
  • The Circles model was developed after the organization discovered that social service agencies could reach only a small portion of the population living in poverty with real long-term solutions.

  • When we encircle ourselves with positive support through mentorships, education and training, and the right resources anything is possible. That’s what the circles represent. Each circle is a continual source of influence, each linking to the other and creating the greatest impact.

  • Our approach combines best practices in several disciplines including community organizing, case management, grassroots leadership, S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, financial literacy, mentoring, peer-to-peer counseling and learning, and child/youth development.

  • We believe strongly that responsibility for both poverty and prosperity rests not only in the hands of individuals, but also with societies, institutions, and communities. It’s the underlying foundation of the Circles model – engage people and organizations in the community to end poverty.