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Getting Ahead

YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region advocates for the advancement of women and families by providing programs and services to achieve economic self-sufficiency. We accomplish our mission via our Women’s Resource Center and Getting Ahead program. 

Women’s Resource Center

YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region offers a variety of programs at our new Women’s Resource Center that focus on employability and education. This service is provided by appointment and at no cost. YWCA staff can assist with:

• Resume Development and Cover Letters

• Computer Literacy Skills

• Interviewing Skills

• Job Searching


Getting Ahead is an economic empowerment program offering long-term solutions for economic stability. The curriculum is based on the evidence-based work of Dr. Ruby Payne, who authored “Bridges Out of Poverty” and “Getting Ahead.”

The topics covered in class include language, social capital, financial education, relationships, hidden rules of society, and other important concepts for abstract thinking. Participants end the program with a comprehensive economic action plan for success.

YWCA staff offer follow-up support services after completion of the 13-week course. Participants who graduate are eligible to apply for funding to meet employment and education goals. Some examples of financial support include vocational training, certifications, licensing, and uniforms.

Women attending the program have gone on to receive vocational training, attend universities, and find employment that improves their lives economically and personally.

One participant stated, “With this program’s help, I am working on re-opening my massage practice, and I have also gone back to college to finish my degree in interior design… This program has exceeded my expectations in every way. It has given me positive people and information I can build off.”



  • Enrollment: December – January
  • 13 Week Program: February – May
  • Graduation: May


  • Enrollment: July – September
  • 13 Week Program: September – December
  • Graduation: December


Download Getting Ahead Schedule

Getting Ahead Referral Form

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