YW Program Overviews & Outcomes

YW operates three programs – YW Women’s Health, YW Financial Empowerment and YW Nurse-Family Partnership – focused on improving women’s lives and removing barriers to self-sufficiency.

YW Women's Health IssuesPositive Outcomes

The YW Nurse-Family Partnership program, YW Financial Empowerment program and YW Women’s Health program are making a positive impact on the lives of women in our community.

YW Nurse-Family Partnership

Studies of the Nurse-Family Partnership have proven that the program’s in-depth level of support improves outcomes relating to the health of mother and baby during pregnancy, care and development of the child, and the financial stability of the mother:

  • 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect
  • Improved prenatal health for healthier mothers and healthier babies
  • Fewer subsequent pregnancies, allowing the mother to complete her education and make career advances
  • Increased intervals between births, which has a strong effect on the health of the children
  • Employment and better jobs for mothers and decreased use of welfare
  • Improved school readiness for the child through better care early on

YW Financial Empowerment

The YW Financial Empowerment program helps low-income women learn to manage their family’s finances and puts them on the path to self-sufficiency through unique services and tools.

Three months after completing the YW Financial Education Workshop Series:

  • 4 out of 5 graduates report an increase in savings and reduced personal debt
  • 4 out of 5 graduates are teaching their children financial literacy
  • 4 out of 5 graduates follow a household budget
  • 7 out of 10 graduates report an easier time paying bills
  • 7 out of 10 graduates have set and achieved a personal financial goal

YW Individual Development Accounts (IDAs or matched savings accounts) are helping many women reach financial goals they never thought possible. In a recent year, of the women who utilized their YW IDA:

  • 10 purchased their first homes
  • 10 purchased or established a small business
  • 10 went to college

In that same year, using the YW Self-Sufficiency Calculator, families received an average of $341 in benefits or tax credits each month.

YW Women’s Health

In 2012-2013, YW Women’s Health enabled almost 1,975 women to get breast health care including mammograms and diagnostic services. Providing these services to uninsured and underinsured women helps alleviate an essential problem in the health care crisis. Without these services, many women would be diagnosed too late to receive effective treatment that could save or extend their lives.