Economic Empowerment

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Empower Women poster

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 and empower all women.

YWCA North Central Indiana Brighter Tomorrows Economic Empowerment Program

YWCA’s Brighter Tomorrows Economic Empowerment Program has three components to help women reach their financial goals:

  1. Financial Literacy
  2. Getting Ahead Classes/Bridges Out of Poverty
  3. Securing and Keeping a Job

The Economic Empowerment Program is offered to all adult women free of charge at both YWCA shelter locations in St. Joseph & Elkhart Counties. You need not be a shelter resident to participate. 

Watch a YWCA Getting Ahead Graduation!

Email programs@ywcancin.org for more information.  

View Economic Empowerment Program Brochure