Empowering Mums

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An initiative of YWCA, Singapore’s oldest women’s organisation

Launched in 2015, YWCA’s Empowering Mums project is dedicated to helping back-to-work mothers from low-income families become empowered to improve their employment situation from a holistic view. The project runs a free 10-week schedule of group work and skills workshops culminating in a makeover and graduation. Flexible  employment opportunities are available to support mothers on their journey of self-driven change.

Registration for Empowering Mums 3 has closed. Enquiries on the project and partnership opportunities for this meaningful initiative can be directed to Ms Ling or at 6223 1227. 

Empowering Mums 3 (2017)

Empowering Mums 3 will run the project from 10 November 2017 to 20 January 2018 with an enhanced 10-week model of group work and skills-building workshops. With a renewed focus on empowering mothers to improve their employment situation, it aims to first meet mothers where they are at in terms of knowledge and skills, transfer these to the employability context, provide support to overcome barriers to employment, and nurture their sense of personal agency through a support group setting. Key takeaways are built into the development framework so mothers are more activated and can track their progress.

As usual, halal meals, transport and childminding will be provided through the Empowering Kids component to facilitate mothers’ ease of attendance. Graduates from the previous batch will also return to lend their experience and support with new participants to build their confidence and capacity. The project kicks off with a special launch dinner for participants and their families on 10 Nov, then goes into 10-weeks of group work and workshops, culminating in a makeover and graduation on 20 Jan 2018 as follows in the Project Schedule.

Empowering Mums Project (2015)

From May to August 2015, YWCA launched its pilot Empowering Mums project as part of its 140th anniversary. 16 mothers eventually graduated from the 8-week project and within six months, 14 of them (or 87.5%) were engaged in formal or informal employment and/or have enrolled in a dedicated course of study. 7 of them further underwent some form of skills upgrading. One year on, the same number continued to be engaged.

The mothers also reported a growth in their level of confidence from the onset of the project and regular meetups were being organised for over a year to continue the journey of change with them. 4 graduates returned for the 2016 run of the project to buddy up and support the new batch of mothers undergoing the project.

Empowering Mums 2 (2016)

Spurred on by the pilot’s success, Empowering Mums 2 was independently undertaken by YWCA with the support of 22 partners and supporters from community agencies, content providers, sponsors and others. A similar schedule of support group work and self-improvement workshops were run from November 2016 to January 2017. As before, participating mothers had meals, transport and childminding provided so they could undergo the course with peace of mind. The childminding component was named Empowering Kids and a structured curriculum of art enrichment was available for attending children by Project Partner Hans Art.

Intake numbers for both community partners and registrants rose as more referrals came in from new agencies who recognised 2015’s success. This batch’s mothers also featured a greater diversity of races, ages, and education levels. This impacted our number of graduates which hit 24 mums, a 20% increase of overall cohort percentage from the previous year. After six more months of journey with the mothers through the monthly post-project sessions, we witnessed 21 graduates (or 87.5%) also engaged in formal or informal employment and/or undergone skills upgrading with an average of above 80% reviews for job confidence, project usefulness and project experience.

Venue: YWCA Fort Canning Lodge, 6 Fort Canning Road S179494

Date & Time Programme  Facilitator
10 Nov (Fri)

7-9.30pm

Launch Dinner (family invited with EM2 Graduates and Content Partners in attendance)  YWCA
17 Nov (Fri)

6.30-9.30pm

Session 1: Group Work Introduction

Takeaway: Employment Self-Assessment

 YWCA
24 Nov (Fri)

6.30-9.30pm

Session 2: Goal-setting and Self-Motivation

Takeaway: Life and Employment Goals

 Oumiworks
1 Dec (Fri)

6.30-9.30pm

Session 3: Finding Your Mum’s Power

Takeaway: O2O Profile

 Amplify Point
8 Dec (Fri)

6.30-9.30pm

Session 4: Professional Presentation

Takeaway: Appearance and Image

 Image Mission & AICI Singapore
15 Dec (Fri)

6.30-9.30pm

Session 5: Your Image, Your Brand

Takeaway: Resume

 Evonne Ong from ENNOVE Consultancy
22 Dec (Fri)

6.30-9.30pm

Session 6: Communication Strategies

Takeaway: Interview Skills

 Evonne Ong from ENNOVE Consultancy
5 Jan (Fri)

6.30-9.30pm

Session 7: The Reality of a Job Hunt

Takeaway: Job Search Skills and Targets

 re:QUEST
12 Jan (Fri)

6.30-9.30pm

Session 8: Resilience Sharing

Takeaway: Networking

 Oumiworks & Guests
19 Jan (Fri)

7-9.30pm

Reflection and Stayover (one complimentary room per mother)  YWCA
20 Jan (Sat)

9am – 3pm

Makeover and Graduation Ceremony (family invited with Guest-of-Honour to give out certificates)

Halal meals, childminding and transport from select Family Service Centres is provided.