Women’s Empowerment Network
The YWCA of the City of New York’s Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN) provides women with the information and resources needed to inspire hope and establish a sense of safety for their families.
Through an extensive package of program offerings, low to moderate income families are provided with:
- Benefits counseling
- Computer training
- Displaced homemaker program
- Free or low-cost child care
- Workforce development
WEN is operated at the YW’s Family Resource Center, located at 500 West 56th Street.
See how WEN has helped women to build confidence and gain employment by watching a testimonial video from a real WEN client.
Services & Schedules
Do you need clarification regarding eligibility for public funds or assistance applying for benefits? Give us a call to schedule an appointment with our benefits counselor.
Our six-week programs offer instruction and self-guided tutorials on typing skills, internet research and Microsoft Office programs. Classes are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels.
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (6 weeks)
Displaced Homemaker Program
The Displaced Homemaker Program consists of two parts. In the first section, a comprehensive hands-on computer training class, students learn Microsoft Office applications, excellent work habits and the organizational skills necessary to run an efficient office. In the second section, focusing on one’s career development, participants discuss their challenges and concerns about the job search process. In a comfortable and confidential setting, the participant and employment counselor develop a plan for achieving career goals. Resume development, cover letter writing, and successful interviewing strategies are some of the basic tools that are developed through individual assistance.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements: New York State resident, 21 years of age, High School Diploma or GED, Displaced Homemaker and resume.
Section 1: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Section 2: Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Attorneys are available to answer questions on housing, advise you of your rights and advocate on your behalf. Matters requiring further help will be referred to pro bono attorneys for representation. Participants with housing-related questions should bring all related paperwork, including identification, current address, personal contact information, and lease agreements.
Every last Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- One Stop Career Center: Job Referrals, Placement Assistance
- Seedco: Job Referrals, Benefits Screening
- Small Business Solutions: Job Placement Services
- American Express
- Barclays Capital
- King & Spalding
- Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Support & Referrals
ACES: Advocacy Counseling and Entitlement Services Support
Bottomless Closet: Clothing Assistance
Dress for Success: Clothes Closet
NYC Department of Education: GED & ESL Classes
NYS VESID: Services for Individuals with Special Needs
- NYC Commission on Human Rights: Workshops on discrimination, sexual harassment, housing, and employment
- TV Guide: Communications Training
- School of Visual Arts: Art Therapy
- NYC Department of Education: GED and ESL classes
- ACES: Support Service Referrals
The Women’s Empowerment Network’s success is primarily dependent upon the generous contributions from individual supporters. Please consider making a donation.
YWCA Women’s Empowerment Network Gets Ready for Work During Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks Project
The YWCA’s Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN) recently participated in a full day of mock interviews sponsored by Goldman Sachs’ Community TeamWorks project!
July 19, 2013
The Women’s Empowerment Network Gets a Dose of Career Networking Confidence, Courtesy of Alcoa Foundation
In today’s competitive job market, networking is critical for women looking to secure employment leads and expand their professional circles. Still, approaching new people at networking events can be intimidating – leading many jobseekers to forego this critical career-building tactic. Read more…
April 25, 2013
The Women’s Empowerment Network launched its second cycle for the year in March, and, on March 28th, the Career Speaker Series hosted Loretta Gannon, Cash Management Sales Officer at Popular Community Bank. Read more…
April 18, 2013
Suzanne van de Raadt, Global Communications Manager for the Alcoa Foundation, recently joined the Women’s Empowerment Network Career Speaker Series to teach students how to leverage social media while looking for employment. Read more…
December 5, 2012
The Women’s Empowerment Network’s workforce readiness program launched a new cycle of its Career Speaker Series on Tuesday, September 18th! Guest speaker Jamie Horst, Community Engagement Manager of The Alcoa Foundation, led a seminar on goal-setting techniques for students enrolled in the program. Students learned the importance of setting SMART goals, i.e. goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Read more…
September 26, 2012