Economic Empowerment

What is Economic Empowerment?

The purpose of the YWCA’s Economic Empowerment Program is to assist low-income, single mothers in attaining job and economic stability within a 3-5 year period. The Economic Empowerment Program provides a holistic approach for single women, pursuing non-traditional careers. Those seeking a career in early childhood education can apply for Successful Pathways®, an accelerated opportunity to obtain a CDA® credential, which is the key stepping stone in career advancement for early childhood educators. Participants of Successful Pathways® will be automatically enrolled in Economic Empowerment to sustain them while they are working on their CDA®.

Non-traditional careers are defined as careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as technical careers, such as automotive maintenance technology.

Participants must be 18 years and older and have children. The project provides intensive group and individualized, multi–disciplinary services. The project networks with a number of community agencies providing resources and services for the empowerment of women.

Throughout the 3-5 year period, program participants:

  • Enhance and increase economic stability through case management and financial seminars/workshops.
  • Receive job search, job retention, and career/education counseling to ensure opportunities for employment and school attainment in non-traditional careers.
  • Receive resources and referrals.
  • Transition from the project into gainful employment and continue receiving support and assistance to sustain those improved circumstances.
  • Receive access to mentoring and networking groups.


Individuals interested in joining the Economic Empowerment Program or needing additional information, please contact:

Olivia Adams | Economic Empowerment Manager
314.531.1115, ext. 5397

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