Women and Girls Empowerment

 

Employment Services are provided to low-income, unemployed and underemployed adults in Bucks County in both group and individual sessions. Facilitated by the YWCA Employment Staff, the program provides information dissemination, interviewing techniques, resume writing and the development of tangible job search skills.

Family Support Programs are offered at local schools and YWCA Family Centers which are conveniently located directly within low-income apartment complexes in Bucks County and are a one-stop-shop for a multitude of services to underserved women and their families. Staffed by multi-lingual coordinators, our Family Centers provide a wide range of services and programs and promote positive development and support to children, youth and families who utilize them. Services for adults include information and referral, translations, Food Pantries and classes in computer, ESL, parenting, and nutrition. Family support programs for youth include academic and social support during out of school time including Early Academic Intervention Programs, Homework Zones, Teen Groups, and Summer Camps. Early Learning support is also provided through Kids Korner, Lunch & Library, and Story Hour programs.

Financial Literacy classes assist low-income adults acquire the practical, realistic knowledge and skills needed to better manage their finances and move toward financial independence and self-sufficiency. The program is delivered in both English and Spanish by Family Center staff along with community banking professionals.

Girls Circle is a structured support group for girls that allows them to foster self-esteem, maintain authentic connection with peers and adult women in their community, counter trends toward self-doubt, and provides a safe and nurturing place for genuine self-expression through verbal sharing and creative activity.

Guiding Good Choices is a substance abuse prevention program that gives parents the skills they need to ensure the future well-being of their children. The program is designed for parents of children in grades 4-8 through a series of parent workshop sessions that help improve substance abuse outcomes.

TechGYRLS provides elementary and middle school girls with the opportunity to participate in a 12-week exploration of technology. Students learn to invent, design and showcase their own work in the context of developing important life skills using the Lego Mindstorms robotics program. TechGYRLS® is a Hallmark Program of the YWCA USA.

Teen Girls ages 12-17 meet weekly to develop leadership and life skills; participate in field trips, group discussions, community service; and learn about the prevention of substance abuse, violence, teen pregnancy and school delinquency. YW-Teens provide a safe and supportive place for the teens to interact with their peers in a positive way while stressing the importance of school attendance and academic achievement.

Women’s Circle is a structured, culturally responsible program for women, designed in evidence based approaches. Topics include Being a Well Woman, Identity and Relationships. Discussion groups focus on holistic health, wellness, drug and alcohol prevention and self-discovery.

 

National Initiatives 

The 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. The 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.

Welfare Reform
The YWCA supports an anti-poverty approach to welfare reform that increases education and training opportunities, opposes marriage promotion/incentives, restores benefits to legal immigrants, addresses barriers to self-sufficiency and provides affordable and accessible child care.

Increasing Womens Income
The YWCA supports initiatives to increase the income of women, including policies that raise the minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay, maintain the earned income tax credit, oppose the privatization of social security, and expand non-traditional training for women from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.

Affordable, Accessible Early Childhood Education
The YWCA supports quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that assists adults in moving towards economic independence and provides children with culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate activities that enable children to succeed in school. 

 

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