LEWISTON — YWCA Central Maine recently announced a new workforce development program beginning in 2023. YW Strive is a free, 11-week professional certificate course aimed at serving the unemployed and underemployed in Maine. YW Strive is designed to provide participants with critical digital literacy and workforce skills while also helping them explore and refine personal strengths and goals. The curriculum includes the Google suite, interviewing skills, resume building, financial independence, conflict resolution, and more.

Classes can be taken virtually or in-person at the YWCA in Lewiston, and financial assistance may be available for transportation, child care, technology, or other barriers to participation. The program meets weekly for a total of six hours.

Applications are open and the first cohort begins Jan. 9, 2023. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have basic English literacy and math skills, and show desire and ability to complete the full program.

YW Strive is an evidence-based program that has been offered at YWCAs nationwide. The program aims to support women and persons of color in the workforce, in service of the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women. YWCA Central Maine’s Strive is partially funded by YWCA USA via grants from Google and Northeast Bank.

For additional information, or to apply today, visit the YWCA Central Maine website: www.ywcamaine.org.

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