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Economic Empowerment Program

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. 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. We continue our economic empowerment  advocacy efforts by working to close the wage gap.

Brighter Tomorrows Economic Empowerment Program

YWCA's Brighter Tomorrows Economic Empowerment Program helps women reach their financial goals by providing education and resources in the areas of financial literacy, job preparedness and retention.

Bridges Out of Poverty, a nationally recognized program to move people out of generational poverty, is a key component of the Brighter Tomorrows program. Getting Ahead and Bridges Out of Poverty classes are offered, free of charge, at both YWCA service sites in St. Joseph & Elkhart County sites. Classes for Spanish speaking women are available at the St. Joseph County site. 

The Brighter Tomorrows Economic Empowerment program is open to all women 18 and older. For more information call 574-233-9491.

"The YWCA helped me believe in myself. Through Brighter Tomorrows I learned about handling my finances and now I'm saving to buy a home for me and my girls." read more