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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:

Everyone at the YWCA was so wonderful. They really cared. They helped me with my fear and my shame about money. Learning how to budget and save more of my money was liberating for me: it changed my life!
Eryn, Basic Money Management Program Participant