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 25 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.