Eight Albany women are celebrating after graduating from phase one of the Strive 2 Thrive program.
Family and friends surrounded the women as they made this milestone Friday night.
Strive 2 Thrive helps lower income Albany residents learn how to become self sufficient and map out a plan to achieve their goals through purposeful community connections.
From this point, the graduates will move into the phase two 'Circles' mentoring program which lasts for 16 weeks.
"It just means really a second chance for me and my daughters. I never thought that I was going to get in this program and when I did I was excited right off the bat," said Ronnasha Thompson.
Strive 2 Thrive officials say they're condensing their 16 weeks 'Getting Ahead' sessions to 8 weeks in order to reach more families.