Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead aims to empower women of all ages and backgrounds to take control of their financial future, improve the lives of their families and better our community.


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 "kitchen table" class discussions that follow a research based curriculum. Classes are designed to co-investigate the causes of poverty, the hidden rules of class, and the resources needed by all.


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”


Participants Receive

  • A work book and future story portfolio to keep track of learning and goals
  • Child care for each session
  • Meals at each session
  • A stipend for each session attended once the class is completed
  • Transportation support is available
  • 18 months of follow-up contact and consultation with program staff
Participant Commitment 
  • Miss no more than 3 sessions to remain in the program
  • Complete some homework

For more information and to apply for the next Getting Ahead Series, please contact Amanda Read, Director of Women's Empowerment at 828.254.7206 ext. 116

Thanks to our Funders

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, The Richards Family Foundation, United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County and individual donors, Duke Energy, TD Bank, and Bank of America.

 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.