YWCA of Northern New Jersey gets federal funds for professional coaching

The YWCA of Northern New Jersey will provide career coaching and job skills development to women financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to federal community projects funding of $500,000 announced this week.

The funds will enable the YWCA to provide unemployed and underemployed women with job skills development, mentoring and peer support; assistance in the start-up and development of small businesses; and access to childcare and family support services, the organization said.

The funding, announced at the end of Women’s History Month, was secured by Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez through a new assignment program called Community Project Funding,

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new set of challenges for women, especially working women of color. If we are to emerge from this pandemic even stronger than we were before, we must champion effective community programs,” Booker said in a press release.

“The funding will not only allow us to meet their needs, but will also help us advocate for a work environment that prepares women for equity and a better quality of life,” said Helen Archontou, CEO of YWCA of Northern New Jersey.

Women have been disproportionately affected by the layoffs, and since February 2020, 1.1 million people have left the workforce, according to analysis by the National Women’s Law Center. The pandemic has also put a strain on affordable childcare.

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“Senator Menendez and I are proud to play a small role in helping them expand their work supporting women’s economic recovery,” Booker said.

YWCA Northern New Jersey is a Hackensack-based nonprofit that works to eliminate racism and improve the lives of women, girls, and families. It serves Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Morris and Passaic counties.

For more information on the programs, visit ywcannj.org.

Shaylah Brown is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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