Workforce Development

YWCA Central Alabama’s Family and Community Empowerment team builds a sustainable bridge between the community and organizations to support workforce development, provide and share resources, offer creative programming, increase entrepreneurship and promote generational economic advancement.

Workforce development services are extended to YWCA Central Alabama’s clients, residents and members of communities we serve. Participants in these programs and services also develop life skills and learn the art of reciprocal relationship building. YWCA’s team takes a holistic approach to this organizationwide work and welcomes partnerships with like-missioned organizations and individuals to help move women and families from all walks of life forward, regardless of their starting point.

Our impactful programs and services include: 

YWork on the Go

provides virtual and onsite soft skills refreshers for Woodlawn-based businesses and organizations in need of employability support for existing staff and/or clients.

WE360 Business Essentials

launched in 2020, is a program for women entrepreneurs and business owners. WE360 is a partnership effort of YWCA Central Alabama, YWCA USA, Coca-Cola Foundation and Ureeka, an online platform dedicated to helping women and entrepreneurs of color own their own business. The free program provides women with personalized coaching and mentors, access to resources on strategy from national and local experts, training on scaling business, support raising capital and more while engaging at a self-guided pace.


I absolutely LOVED my YWCA WE360 Ureeka mentor! I had my first one-on-one coaching and finally I’ve found someone that I believe can take me to the next level. For years, I’ve been asking for programs to support existing business owners like me. Now I have just what I’ve been missing.” 

Comedienne Joy King, Birmingham entrepreneur & WE360 alumna

YWork Essentials Newsletter

provides monthly information about jobs, trainings and resources from Woodlawn businesses and employers. The newsletter is distributed to the Woodlawn community, YWCA Community Housing (YWoodlawn) residents and YWCA Family Resource Center clients/program participants.

Compensated Workforce Development

is a six-module program that teaches soft workforce skills to participants as they work toward sustainable job opportunities, educational advancement, entrepreneurship and economic and generational stability. The program personalizes workforce development and career coaching while, if applicable, assisting with personal expenses. This is a partnership effort of YWCA Central Alabama, ANFRC (Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers ), Alabama Department of Human Resources (TANF/SNAP) and A-RESET (Alabama Resources for Enrichment, Self-Sufficiency, and Employability Training) and KET (online workforce development courses). The program is free to those who are eligible. Apply Now!

Program Highlights:

Compensation up to $600 ($100 per completed module)

Support for transportation and child care if eligible

Resume creation and revamp

Interview training

Ready for the World workforce development classes and mentoring

One-on-one job search support

Exclusive job inquiries

Do’s and don’ts of interview attire

Interview attire assistance through YWCA’s My Sister’s Closet and other entities