Economic Empowerment Program (EEP)

Financial Literacy

Digital Literacy

Young Women and Money Conference

Financial Literacy Summit for High School Girls

Get Involved!

Free Financial Planning

The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, developing leaders and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The hallmark programs of the organization work toward fulfilling this mission. The Economic Empowerment Program (formerly known as the Young Women Financial Literacy Program) addresses the growing need to educate young women in finance and increase their financial independence and economic success.

As part of a new initiative, we are rebranding our program to promote digital literacy skills, as well as financial literacy skills.  The new program includes the annual Young Women and Money Conference, a Financial Literacy Summit, financial literacy workshops, and digital literacy workshops.   

To volunteer, please fill out the digital application above. If you would like to learn more about the program or would like to partner with us to bring these workshops to your school or organization, please email the program director at

Fall 2021 Events and Programming

Join the Economic Empowerment Program today! Raise awareness on the importance of financial literacy to increase financial independence and economic success in our community. This fall, we will be planning the Young Women and Money Conference and workshops to promote financial and digital literacy for the Berkeley/Oakland Community. Weekly program meetings will be held on Mondays from 10 to 11 AM at the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland.

Financial Literacy Initiative

This fall our team will plan workshops and modules on financial literacy for high school students, YWCA members, and other community members. In weekly meetings, EEP volunteers will also learn about financial literacy.

Digital Literacy Initiative

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been plunged into a digital world. At the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, it is our goal to uplift our community. In partnership with Grow with Google, the Economic Empowerment Program will be organizing and hosting workshops to practice and teach digital skills. Workshops range from basic skills necessary for navigating a digital world to more in depth trainings for entrepreneurs and business professionals. Through these workshops, participants will gain confidence and practical skills. The Economic Empowerment Program is also working to incorporate digital literacy into our other YWCA Berkeley/Oakland programs.  

Check back for more details and upcoming events!

14th Annual Young Women and Money Conference 

The Young Women and Money Conference has been an enormous success the past 13 years.  Our goal is to give as many young women the opportunity to learn about financial literacy as possible. The target population is young women of color in Oakland and the greater Bay Area between the ages of 18-30, but is open to people of all ages. This year the conference will be a two day, hybrid event. The dates for this year’s conference are Friday, December 3rd (virtual) and Saturday, December 4th (in-person at the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland). This unforgettable event includes, keynote speakers, workshop presenters, a three course lunch, networking opportunities, and raffle prizes throughout the day.  We welcome both new faces, as well as returning attendees, and no financial knowledge is required to attend! Some returning attendees have formed sisterhoods and encourage each other to achieve their financial goals. 

Details on this upcoming 14th Annual Young Women & Money Conference as well as 2020’s conference click Here!


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The Financial Literacy Summit For High School Girls  

The Financial Literacy Summit for High School Girls is a free day long event that introduces students to the basics of financial literacy. Our target audience are young women who attend high school in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and the greater Bay Area. Topics include, opening a bank account, money management, budgeting and savings! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be offering the Financial Literacy Summit this year, however high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend the Young Women and Money Conference!


If you would like to learn more about the program or would like to partner with us to bring financial workshops to your schoolplease email the program director at


Get Involved!

For Current College Students and New Graduates:

Join the Economic Empowerment Program by filling out this application. There will be weekly program planning meetings on Mondays from 10-11 AM this fall semester.


For Business Professionals and Organizations:

Partner with us today! We are looking for financial experts to present workshops at our annual Young Women and Money Conference, as well as financial support so that we can continue to grow our amazing program. Organizations interested in providing volunteers, donations, or sponsorships can reach out to the Economic Empowerment Program Manager at


For Educators and Schools:

Partner with us to bring a financial or digital literacy workshop to your school! Contact the Economic Empowerment Program Manager at for more information.


Free Financial Planning from Advisors Give Back

We have partnered with Advisors Give Back, a non-profit organization, which provides free financial planning for community members. Through their platform, anyone can register and you will be connected with a pro-bono financial advisor who can help you create goals and make a plan for your finances. 

Register now!