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YW Strive

Strive for Success with YWCA Central Maine!

Our 4th cohort is currently in progress. Stay tuned for information on when applications will open for the next Cohort.

YW Strive is a FREE workforce development and professional certificate program designed to provide participants with critical digital literacy and workforce skills while also helping them explore and refine personal strengths and goals. These skills can be used to expand employment opportunities and income earning potential. The curriculum includes the Google suite, interviewing skills, resume building, financial independence, conflict resolution, and more.

Classes are offered virtually. Financial assistance may be available for transportation, childcare, technology, or other barriers to participation.

YW Strive is an evidence-based program that has been offered at YWCAs nationwide. The program aims to support women and persons of color in the workforce, in service of the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women. YWCA Central Maine’s Strive is partially funded by YWCA USA via grant funding from Google and Northeast Bank.

Must be 18 or older, have basic English and math literacy, and be committed to completing the entire program.

  • Develop Professional and Digital Skills for the Workplace
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Independence
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Increase Your Income
  • Launch Your Career
  • Presentation Skills
  • Resume, and Cover Letter Writing
  • Interview Skills, Public Speaking
  • Independent Work and Career Counseling Based on Your Schedule

Email Maggie, the STRIVE Program Coordinator, to inquire, collaborate or with any questions.