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Mission:  Women’s Mentoring Network (“WMN”) promotes financial independence, economic security, economic mobility, and asset building through education and employment services for low-income women and their families. For over 30 years, WMN has designed and delivered programs and support services for individuals who are actively seeking to improve their lives through more gainful employment.  All programs and services are provided for free.

Major Programs: WMN provides the core resources to educate individuals to improve upon their current work, education, and financial situation. The organization focuses on job readiness and promotion of continued education through their Workforce Development, Financial Literacy and Computer & Digital Literacy Curriculum. Workshop topics include resume writing, networking, negotiating, budgeting, understanding credit scores, and community responsibility. Mentors serve as role models to clients and help them practice interviews, learn workplace etiquette, and develop job search strategies.

WMN also works with students from elementary school through college through its First Generation Achievement Program which consists of the Early Steps Tutoring Program and the Junior Leadership Team. 

Project: Sisters Village E4 (Expansion of an existing program)

WMN seeks funds to support the continued development and expansion of Sisters Village E4 program. In 2019, WMN and the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, with the support of the Westchester County’s Office for Women, collaborated to create this unique program dedicated to providing economic empowerment services for women in Westchester County. E4 stands for Employment, Education, Economic Mobility, and Empowerment. This program allows low-income women to gain access to better employment and educational opportunities leading to long-term sustainable economic security.

If awarded the Transformational Project Grant to expand the existing Sisters Village E4 program, funding will be used primarily to hire an additional case manager(s), increase the hours of existing staff, and market the E4 program, giving WMN the ability to empower and work with more clients in Westchester. 

Goals of the project:

  • reach at least 150 women over the 18-month period
  • provide 2 workshops a month: one session during the day-time hours and one session in the evening hours; workshops are currently held both in-person and virtually at the YWCA’s Women’s Residence and the North Street Activity Center
  • offer one-on-one services to program participants
  • develop a volunteer mentoring component for program participants
  • create a resource library with computer access for program participants

WMN will coordinate with YWCA staff to continue to grow the program; increase community outreach and marketing to other organizations, individuals and the wider community to publicize WMN services; receive clients through referral from nonprofit, community and government organizations throughout Westchester County.

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