BY JOE MARVILLI
A local branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association has received a financial boost.
The YWCA of Queens, located in Flushing, was one of six recipients of an Economic Empowerment Grant. The $30,000 grant is going towards the organization’s Women to Work program and High School Equivalency Career Services program.
Economic Empowerment Grants are given to branches of the YWCA nationwide to bolster programs that provide employment services and financial security to underprivileged individuals.
Helen Kim, executive director for the YWCA of Queens, said that the grant supports the group’s general mission of empowering women, eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
“Unemployment is one of the greatest obstacles that immigrants and the youth face, especially in the harsh economic state,” she said. “The YWCA of Queens prides itself on adapting to the evolving community needs and we strive to give all our community members access to economic independence through effective programs.”
Women to Work was created in 2008 to combat against the effects the Great Recession had on the immigrant community and many immigrant women, who had no employment options. Long-term unemployed immigrant women with language and cultural barriers are trained to become certified home health aides, in order to serve the growing immigrant senior population. The YWCA of Queens employs about 350 home health aides.
The High School Equivalency Career Services at the YWCA targets at-risk, out-of-school and undocumented youth, supporting them through testing preparation, career workshops and counseling by an on-site job developer.
The YWCA of Queens is located at 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing. For more information about the organization, visit ywcaqueens.org or call (718) 353-4553.
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