Programs & Services


YWCA FOCUS@Work is a free employment program that helps self-identifying women assess their skills and strengths, set career goals, build connections and develop job search skills to find meaningful, sustainable employment. 

Online Workshops and Assignments  (weeks 1 – 3): 
  • Must be available Monday to Friday to attend online workshops from 10:00am to 2:30pm 

  • Mix of online small group coaching and online group workshops 

  • Full three-week schedule provided on program start date 

Workshop Topics: 
  • Assessments (career, personality, skills, interests and values)  

  • Personal development (self-esteem and self-assertion, effective communication, conflict resolution and coping with change and stress)  

  • Job search skills (resumé, cover letter, portfolio, personal branding, interviews, networking, hidden job market access and current labour market information)  

Coaching and Job Search Support:  

Up to five one-to-one coaching sessions (weeks 4 – 12); job search support in a group setting and online for up to one year.  

  • Daily guidance, support and encouragement   
  • Weekly goal setting and action planning  
  • Job leads and networking opportunities through online resources  
  • Resource library access up to one year from program start  
  • Computer and Internet access up to one year from program start  
  • Ongoing access to career development workshops through our Alumnae Experience Program
  • Self-identifying women who are actively looking for employment
  • Able to commit to three weeks of full-time online and in-person workshops



210 - 1201 W Pender Street, Vancouver, BC 
604 699 1788 | focus@ywcavan.org 

Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, by appointment only.