Economic Advancement Program
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is committed economic advancement so that we can make our communities places in which women and girls can thrive. We provide opportunities to become empowered, confident and competent through education, training, and engagement.
What we do
One of the most important things we can do is support women’s economic advancement by providing classes, workshops, and job training like YW Tech Lab and YWCulinary that help women across the life cycle develop the skills they need to build financial security and stability.
Why this is important
People living in poverty, who are disproportionately people of color, are the victims of many predatory financial products like payday loans, title loans, pre-paid debit cards with monthly fees and per-use fees. Access to information about alternatives is the first step in our work.
Participants in our Economic Advancement Program learn about budgeting and credit, receive individual coaching to create and work through a financial plan and gain access to banking institutions who work with us. And we’re there by your side when you need employment and housing assistance too. Because when women are safe, stable and self-sufficient, their families are too. That helps our communities thrive.
Our Economic Advancement Program consists of:
Basic Money Management
We help women strengthen their money management skills by providing tools and information to help with budgeting, credit and debt issues.
YW Tech Lab
YW Tech Lab program provides education in digital skills to traditionally underrepresented populations.
Special Topic Workshops
We offer topic specific workshops, customized to meet the unique needs of all those in our communities, from teenagers though retirees.
The Advancement Project
We match women with individual financial coaches to guide them in developing goals and action steps, and support them towards their achievement.