Evanston, IL, September 19, 2017 — YWCA Evanston/North Shore recently announced a new initiative that pairs women with “coaches” to help them develop good financial habits and gain confidence about managing money.
The Advancement Project, as it is called, launches in late September and is geared toward low- to moderate-income women who have completed YWCA’s Basic Money Management classes.
“The Advancement Project is for women who are ready to take the next step in gaining control over their financial lives,” said Shannon Callahan, director of women’s leadership and economic advancement at YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
The program will help each participant identify a financial goal and provide a coach to help her achieve it. Goals might be paying off credit card debt or student loans, or saving enough for a down payment.
“Financial coaches -- who are trained volunteers from our local communities -- will work one-on-one with participants to develop plans and strategies to help them achieve their goals,” said Callahan. “That’s the key element: the women who participate will get regular guidance and support from their coaches.”
The Advancement Project is part of YWCA’s ongoing commitment to women’s economic empowerment, which includes giving women the education and training they need to be self-sufficient.
“Financial independence is critical to empowering women and enabling them to live their own, self-directed lives,” said Callahan.
Learn more about The Advancement Project here or call 847-864-8445.