YWCA Strive

YWCA Strive is professional development for McLean County adults who struggle to find and retain permanent employment and is designed to help participants develop the professional habits and skills most sought after by local employers.

Topics Include

  • Digital Skills for the Workplace
  • Essential Skills (a.k.a. Soft Skills)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership Skills
  • Personal Empowerment
  • Team Work and Collaboration
  • Career Coaching
  • Presentation Skills
  • Balancing Personal and Professional Obligations
  • Opportunities for Education and Career Advancement

Participants Will

  • Attend 3-hour Classes and Workshops Twice per Week
  • Work 1-on-1 with a Career Coach to Achieve Career Goals
  • Apply New Skills in Hands-On Simulations and Assignments


Current Program Dates
July 27, 2020 – January 29, 2021

Future Program Dates
February 15 – August 13, 2021
June 21 – December 23, 2021

Participant Requirements

  • Must live in McLean County
  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Must have basic English literacy and math skills
  • Must show desire and ability to complete the full program

Preferred Enrollment Opportunities for women, people of color, those who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, and those who receive a referral through a partner agency.

For more information or questions, please contact Candice Byrd, Labyrinth Social Enterprise Specialist, at cbyrd@ywcamclean.org or call (309) 454-1451.