Women's Empowerment & Economic Advancement

Offering a variety of programming to support women’s empowerment and economic advancement by increasing opportunities for women and girls in our community.

History of the Women's Empowerment Center

YWCA Greater Green Bay has been striving to meet the changing needs of women and girls in the Brown County area since 1919. Through the years of service we have accomplished great milestones. In the 1920’s we offered safe boarding houses to working women, we offered programs to war brides in the 1940’s, sponsored girl reserves in the 1960’s, and today we remain at the forefront of women’s issues by spearheading a Women’s Empowerment Center which opened in September 2013.

The Women’s Empowerment Center seeks to “empower and equip women to chart their own course toward personal fulfillment and economic self-sufficiency.” Programs are designed to help women of all ethnicities build self-confidence, develop job/life skills, and gain relevant work experience in a positive, nurturing environment that fosters personal and professional growth.

Career Closet

Established in 1993, the Women’s Career Closet provides free, work-appropriate clothing to area women. Whether preparing for an interview or building a wardrobe for an existing job, women may visit the Women’s Career Closet up to four times per calendar year. This program is offered thanks to the generous donations of clothing and service by local community members.

Madison Street Boutique

The Madison Street Boutique at the YWCA opened in May 2017 and features a wide array of new and gently used ladies’ brand-name clothing and accessories, along with swimwear, athletic wear, sleepwear, and special occasion apparel for an affordable suggested donation per item. Proceeds benefit Women’s Empowerment and Economic Advancement Programs and Services.

TechGYRLS® Youth Program

The YWCA TechGYRLS® – S.T.E.A.M. Experience Series seeks to empower young girls (particularly underrepresented girls) in technology, engineering, arts and math and to encourage them to pursue careers within these fields. Through collaboration with area organizations and businesses, the workshops and field visits will be led by women within the S.T.E.A.M. industries. TechGYRLS is FREE to participating girls grades 3-8.

YW Strive

This free workforce development program is focused on empowering women through educational classes and referrals to resources that will help lead the participants towards economic advancement and long-term self-sufficiency. Weekly sessions are focused on “Defining Women’s Empowerment” with topics on the importance of a positive mindset, overcoming barriers, breaking gender stereotypes, understanding your values, building relationships, setting boundaries, creating a support system, telling your story, and self-compassion. YW Strive is made possible by generous grants from the Green Bay Packers Foundation and Humana.

Computer Learning Lab

Computers are available for use in the Rebecca Chernick Innovation Lab on the second floor of the Women’s Empowerment Center on Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm. This lab is intended to make economic advancement easier for women and girls without access to technology at home. A staff member or volunteer will be present to help with basic computer skills, job searches, and other needs. Let us be a resource, whether you need to brush up on your word processing skills, or you need help updating your resume for a job interview. We are even here to help if you need help setting up a new email address or navigating your new phone.

YWCA Childcare

Women are often the primary caregivers in their families, which is why childcare is an essential component of women’s economic advancement. Many women leave the workforce, change careers, and/or pass up opportunities for advancement in order to care for their families. Access to affordable, high-quality childcare gives women the choice to pursue their career goals while knowing their children are still well cared for during the day. This is why YWCA Greater Green Bay has offered childcare since the 1980’s and why we advocate for greater access to affordable childcare for more families across the country.