WOMEN AND WORK
A Partnership For Empowerment
A FREE JOB- AND LIFE-SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN
Queens College, CUNY
Initiated in 1998, Women and Work is an innovative approach to empowerment for women focused on economic stability through workforce development and life-strategizing skills. The program is offered free to women-in-need in New York City and neighboring areas. The largely underserved population is comprised of victims of domestic/family violence, single mothers, immigrants, displaced homemakers, downsized and low-wage workers. Reaching across all races, ethnicities, ages, religions, and sexualities, the program accepts women with modest educational attainment and little or erratic work experience. The staff works to establish a partnership with participants and encourages them to have a voice in shaping their learning experience. Participants work towards establishing their personal empowerment, while the staff works to invest them with social capital and provide them with a social network. Women and Work focuses on personal and professional development, including financialliteracy; computer and technology skills; humanities education; and job readiness, retention, and mobility. Women and Work contributes to building stronger individuals, families, and communities by providing the tools needed to sustain long-term change.
Women and Work (W&W) began in 1998 as a straightforward job-skills training program with the intent of providing entry-level employment for displaced homemakers; over time, W&W evolved into a community that fully engages in the lives of its participants and graduates to ensure their social welfare. W&W participants are the most underserved population in New York City. As a group, they comprise survivors of domestic and family violence, single mothers, immigrants, displaced homemakers, and downsized or low-wage workers. The goal of our partnership is to empower women with an infrastructure of skills capable of supporting long-term, intergenerational change and to move them from their present marginalized status to one of social inclusion.
In 2010, W&W was re-envisioned and a community outreach component, Women Partnering for Change (WPFC), became part of its infrastructure. This provided a vehicle for the program’s public education presentations and its role as a community partner advocating for social justice on behalf of marginalized women.
Since its inception, W&W has never been on a hiatus and has always remained free to women in need. To date, W&W has guided over two-thousand women and families out of poverty into economic stability.
By always listening to the voices of the women we serve, we are able to understand and address their unmet needs. One of the program's greatest accomplishments is graduating women empowered to advocate on their own behalf, ensuring better lives for themselves, as well as their families. W&W contributes to systemic change by focusing on long-term intergenerational change that can be maintained over time.
TRAINING INCLUDES (Partial List)
- Computer programs -- MS Professional Office Suite 2013
- Computers and technology: Learning the language & building an infrastructure of knowledge
- Interviewing skills, cover letters and resumes
- Personal and professional development
- Writing Seminars: Writing for business, creative writing, and publications research & design
- Financial literacy
- Interpersonal communication skills
- Life-management skills, including Conflict-Resolution & Time Management
- Mathematical skills
- English language skills, including reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary
- English as a second language (ESL)
- Dressing for success (free business clothing based on availability)
WOMEN AND WORK ALSO PROVIDES
- On-site counseling and needs assessment
- Referrals to allied organizations as needed
- Health and wellness training
TO APPLY TO WOMEN AND WORK YOU WILL NEED
- A high school diploma or GED
- A working knowledge of English
- Be legally authorized to work in the United States
- The ability to commit to the entire program
TO APPLY TO WOMEN AND WORK
- ONLINE -- Click on the APPLY TO W&W tab on this webpage and select the ONLINE form
- BY MAIL
- Click on the APPLY TO W&W tab on this webpage and select the PDF format
- Print out the application and return the completed form by mail to Women and Work at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, NY 11367-1597