Economic Empowerment

The YWCA was established in 1858 as a voice for women's issues, but that was only the beginning of more than 150 years of active advocacy and programming for women's economic empowerment. The YWCA was the first to pioneer employment bureaus and child care centers for women. We also led the push for the eight-hour workday, the elimination of child labor, and creation of a minimum wage.

Empowerment Zone Camp for Teen Girls (ages 14-18) >>more
Research-based workshops and camps created to equip teen girls with skills needed for Leadership & Service, Healthy Lifestyles, and Career Exploration. Income based assistance is available for those that qualify with submission of assisance request form.  Camps are offered during school holiday breaks and summer vacation.

Career/Professional Development Workshops are conducted in collaboration with community partners and volunteers from various industries to give women practical tools to succeed in career and/or entrepreneurship.

Women Independently Living and Developing (W.I.L.D.) Program provides housing, case management, counseling, and life skills training to young women who have aged out of foster care and desire to pursue higher education/training.

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