• Pathways to Leadership

YWCA Pathways to Leadership is a FREE program for immigrant and refugee* single mothers that helps you build confidence, develop leadership skills and make lasting connections on your journey towards a brighter future for you and your family in Canada.

*Immigrant & refugee single mothers of any status are welcome.

This 7-month program consists of 17 weekly classroom sessions and optional five months of one-to-one support from a mentor. The goal of the mentorship component is to help you apply what you have learned about yourself and Canada and to explore career or education options that fit your life goals. You will also have the opportunity to work in a guided project on the civil engagement topic of your choice, such as Canadian workplace culture, community centres or volunteering in Canada.

Free childminding and light lunch is provided while you are in the classroom sessions. Transit tickets are available for those in need.

What to expect from the program:

  • Build your confidence and leadership skills
  • Build your network and connect with other people, programs and organizations for ongoing learning
  • Learn to advocate for yourself and your community
  • Explore opportunities to volunteer and build your Canadian experience
  • Learn about common experiences with other immigrant single moms and ways to overcome them
  • Get support from a mentor to explore your career interests and options, including education/training plan. 
  • Become more comfortable in speaking in groups and asking questions
  • Gain information on employment, education and training resources in the Metro Vancouver area
  • Learn about support and resources that address the challenges of single parenting
  • Explore your interests, skills and strengths
  • Help you build a career plan for work that fits your life and goals

What is the commitment?

  • You are expected to come to 17 weekly classes (10am to 2pm) from March to July 2019 (Vancouver program)
  • You will also do about three hours of work each week outside of class, including internet research, attending interviews and meetings
  • Meet with your mentor twice a month from June to November, the schedule and location is to be decided together

Where and when will the program take place?

VANCOUVER PROGRAM (March to November 2019)

Join us for an information session on Friday, March 1st from 10am to 12pm. Contact Joann McKinlay at  jmkinlay@ywcavan.org 604-895-5849 to register.

Classroom Sessions

Date: 17 Friday sessions, from March 15, 2019 to July 12, 2019
Location: YWCA Program Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC

Flexible Mentorship 

Date: June to November 2019
Location and Time:  To be decided by you and the mentor, together


SURREY PROGRAM (November 2019 to July 2020)

Classroom Sessions

Date: November 2019 (dates to be confirmed)
Time: 10pm - 2pm 
Location: YWCA Alder Gardens, Surrey, BC

Flexible Mentorship 

Date: February to July 2020
Location and Time:  To be decided by you and the mentor, together


For more information or to register, please contact Joann McKinlay at 604 895 5849 | singlemothers@ywcavan.org