Women's Empowerment Center

This free program seeks to empower women and promote self-sufficiency through employment, educational attainment, relationship building, and financial literacy. The program consists of cohorts of up to 10 women completing a 4-week program that includes a variety of training options taught by YWCA staff/volunteers.

By the end of the program, each graduate will have a cover letter, a resume, and budgeting tools. Staff will work with each participant to: find local jobs that meet their interests and abilities, obtain appropriate educational opportunities, find interview attire, and develop individualized plans that identify barriers and solutions to overcoming them. Graduates will also receive support from program staff for 3 months after program completion.

The schedule for the program is:

Tuesday: 9 AM-1 PM

Wednesday: 9 AM-12 PM

Thursday: 9 AM-1 PM

Friday: 9 AM-12 PM

Transportation is provided from select locations. Childcare is also provided for children while their mothers participate in the program.

Women can apply for the program by filling out this application. Hard copy applications can be mailed upon request; call Tyler Fike at 308-384-9922. The first cohort begins October 1st.

The YWCA of Grand Island Women’s Empowerment Center is supported by funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, CFDA Number 21.019 and from the City of Grand Island Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response.  

YWCA Childcare Center

  • Services children ages 6 weeks – 12 years.
  • Trained and caring staff
  • Nurturing Environment
  • Learn and Share experiences at Age-Appropriate Levels
  • Respects all races, cultures, religions, and economic status.

YWCA Almost Home Program

  • Services children from grades K-5
  • Offers transportation of children from Stolley Park, Dodge, Gates, and Starr Elementary after school
  • All day care is provided for continuous calendar as well as traditional breaks, holidays, and vacations
    • (Excludes New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)


Starting August 2015 Preschool will be offered for all children ages 3-5 attending YWCA childcare at no additional charge.

Babysitting 101 Babysitting 101 for ages 11 and up

Click here to add your name to a list to receive information on future classes.

Whether you babysit or have siblings, this class will give you the confidence that you need to provide the very best care.

$60 for members | $65 for non-members
Cost includes a YWCA bag and Babysitting 101 Workbook

Affordable cost and a tremendous value too! You will walk away with tools, resources, skills and practical knowledge that can be put to use immediately.