YW Strive is a free 16-week digital literacy and workforce training program that teaches individuals how to work productively and collaboratively using Google Workspace.

Gain Professional and Employability Skills

More than 5 million paying businesses use G Suite applications to create and share digital files. This career coaching program teaches the fundamentals of Google’s cloud computing applications used by local employers and is designed to help trainees sharpen skills and stay competitive.

 Program topics include:

  • All things Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Calendars)
  • Presentation skills
  • Essential skills (aka soft skills)
  • Resume creation
  • Interview techniques
  • Financial empowerment
  • Teamwork and collaboration

Hands-on Approach

YW Strive fosters a community of support and hands-on classes and assignments. Trainees develop and practice skills in real-time in a collaborative, safe environment. Any individual facing employment barriers or barriers to attending college is strongly encouraged to register.

Upon Completion

Participants will receive a certification that demonstrates G-Drive proficiency.

YWCA Strive Graduation (May 2023) 

YW STRIVE – Group 4
10:00AM – 2:00PM

Week 1: 02/06/24
Week 2: 02/13/24
Week 3:
Week 4: 02/27/24
Week 5: 03/05/24
Week 6: 03/12/24
Week 7: 03/19/24
Week 8: 03/26/24
Week 9: 04/02/24
Week 10: 04/09/24
Week 11: 04/16/24
Week 12: 04/23/24
NO STRIVE 04/30/24
Week 14: 05/07/24
Week 15: 05/14/24
Week 16: 05/21/24
Graduation: 05/28/24

For questions, please email YWCA’s Economic Empowerment Counselor, [email protected].

Local Employer or Agency Partnerships
Are you a local employer or nonprofit agency and want to partner with YW Strive?
Contact Farrah Foreman, 518.918.6737 or Katrina Garcia, 518.418.6911 for more information.


Mission Moments

“I’d forgotten what I was capable of, STRIVE helped me remember.”

– STRIVE Program Participant

While working on creating resumes through STRIVE, many of the group members started to cry. When asked what was wrong, they responded that they couldn’t complete their resumes because doing so meant needing to see themselves in a positive light, which felt impossible, with one woman voicing her thought, “What’s the point when there is nothing good about me?”
At that feedback, the group facilitator told everyone to go home early and write themselves a love letter that would be for nobody’s eyes but their own. The women were to carry that love letter around with them. In times of doubt, they should look at that love letter and remember all that they have to offer and that they are more than the sum of their parts.
This exercise helped the women view themselves in a different light. By the next class, everyone had completed their resumes.

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