Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead aims to empower women of all ages and backgrounds to make financial choices that positively impact themselves, their families and their communities.


The women assess each individual participant's situation, as well as the condition of our community as a whole. In the end, participants will have the tools they need to make plans to create the lives they want - their “future stories”. 

Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World Building Your Resources for a Better Life ® is a series of 16 "kitchen table" discussion sessions that follow a research based curriculum. The course designed to co-investigate the causes of poverty, the hidden rules of class, and the resources needed by all to get ahead.

Upcoming Dates 

Getting Ahead Reunion
June 11, 2018 from 6:00-7:30
*Getting Ahead graduates only 



Participants Receive

  • Childcare for each session
  • Meals at each session
  • A workbook and future story portfolio to keep track of learning and goals
  • A $20 stipend for each session attended once the program is completed
  • One-on-one case management for 18 months to track personal goals
  • Transportation support is available
Participant Commitment  
  • Miss no more than 3 sessions to remain in the program
  • Complete some homework

For More Information:

Giannina Callejas, Women's Empowerment Coordinator
T: 828.254.7206 x 116


What our YWCA graduates are saying about Getting Ahead   

“Going through the program made me realize that I wasn’t in this by myself. I was surrounded by people just like me who were humble enough to say ‘I need help.’” 

 “The class has re-shaped my thinking process- the way I approach situations as possibilities, not obstacles”

Thanks to our Funders
City of Asheville, Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, Wells Fargo, and individual donors. 

The YWCA of Asheville is a proud partner with Wheels4Hope. Having reliable transportation can make an impact on people who are economically-vulnerable and allow them the opportunity to continue on the road to self-sufficiency. Wheels4Hope in Asheville strives to provide vehicles to those without – one donated car at a time.