Empowering Mums


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 gain the skills, support and confidence they need to be successfully employed through a free transformative 8-week journey of group work and workshops culminating in a makeover and graduation, with periodic employment opportunities.

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%) have been 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 continue 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 11 November 2016 to 7 January 2017. 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. Now as graduates, they will take charge of their own career and life choices while we continue journeying with them for the next six months at our post-project sessions.

Empowering Mums 3 & Future Directions (2017)

The Empowering Mums Project will continue a new run from 10 November 2017 to 6 January 2018 with a vision, where possible, that content will be facilitated with the group in a sharing of skills and knowledge with graduate buddies and new participants to build their confidence and capacity. A pilot English Club has also been launched in 2017 for foreign mothers from low-income families, in association with international non-profit organisation Wilson Global Initiative and the Social Service Office @ Kreta Ayer.

Please contact Ms Ling Goh here or at 6223 1227 for more enquiries about the project and to partner us in this meaningful new initiative. Empowering Mums 3 Flyer and Registration Form to be made available closer to the event date.

Timing: Every Friday, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

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

  • 10 Nov – Launch Dinner (family invited)
  • 17 Nov – Workshop 1: Personal Grooming
  • 24 Nov – Workshop 2: Personal Touch & Relationships
  • 1 Dec – Workshop 3: Personal Strengths Discovery
  • 8 Dec- Workshop 4: Goal-setting & Self-Motivation
  • 15 Dec – Workshop 5: Personal Branding & Image
  • 22 Dec – Workshop 6: Resume Writing & Interview Skills
  • 5 Jan 2018 – Reflection & Celebration (family invited, with complimentary stayover for mother)
  • 6 Jan 2018, Saturday, 10am to 4pm – Makeover cum Graduation Ceremony (family invited)

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