Why YWeb

Why It's Important


To create new opportunities to increase economic well-being for women and communities of color.

December 12, 2017

One Thing I Will Never Forget

One thing I will never forget about Yweb Career Academy is how it makes me not only regain my self-confidence, but also opens me more doors […]
November 27, 2017

What I Have Learned

I am continuous thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a program and to learn from the students. Just because you may not have been given all the tools you needed to succeed does not mean the desire is not there.
November 27, 2017

See those red circles???

We are always grateful to visit a co-working space during our cohorts since we envision many of our students working out of one in the future!
November 27, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Hard to believe this was week 1 and we only have 3 weeks left!!!
November 21, 2017

The beginning of my YWebCA internship

Now as a member of the team, I have never felt more welcomed and supported. I have heard stories about bad internship experiences from friends who were shuffled out of the way and who left their positions feeling undervalued.
November 10, 2017

Without this Class

Without this class, I never would have been able to work up the courage to negotiate my wage.
November 10, 2017

Based on This Courage

Now I am so excited about the feature, work to hard to improve myself and help others.
October 20, 2017

I tend to…

That little girl pictured with the joyous sun filled smile is my motivation. Making sure she is happy and provided for her is everything. So knowing that every day I wake up and go to YWeb and get stuff done I am working towards building the future she deserves is everything.
October 20, 2017

My Upcoming SUCCESS

The YWCA is a plus for me. I have always been a windows guys and this YWCA class is allowing me to be a Windows / Mac guy. I decided to apply to this class because I wanted to learn and I am learning a lot not just for my future profession, but for my life and I am really grateful.
October 19, 2017

It’s Been Five Weeks

Another key point I want to highlight of my time here is that Steinbok and Rashied have touched upon the concept of degree vs. experience. Rashied said one day, “Degree does not necessarily equate to wealth.” It does not invalidate a college education and I do believe everyone should go to university, as many doors open. But as with everything else in life, very rarely anything is handed to you unless you're privileged, so you are going to have to work and sacrifice for it.
October 19, 2017

Doing Better

This time around, however, I plan on overcoming my shortcoming academia standard by becoming more organized allowing myself to manage my time better.
October 9, 2017

The Most Challenging Part

Rashied and Julia have been awesome in preparing me for my IT Career. I was given training in self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. I went on field trips and toured IT and Financial businesses located in Madison, WI. I got a first-hand view of the life of a software developer. YWEB has given me the drive to succeed as a software developer.
October 9, 2017

A Serious and New Experience

However, I just consider that as a reminder of the challenge that I have to fight and the must of getting out my comfort zone.
October 9, 2017

These First Three Weeks

I have officially completed the third week of the YWeb Career Academy. These first three weeks have been exhausting in the best way possible. I’ve had an unbelievable experience so far and am so excited for the course to continue.
October 9, 2017

Finding My Future

Starting my last semester in college means I have lots of important and life-changing decisions looming over my head. Where am I going next? What do I really want to do with my life?
September 28, 2017
sarah - a YWeb CA intern

Serving Something Outside of Myself

I came in as a transfer student at UW Madison about a year ago. I was a standing Junior, and I was struggling with a sense of purposelessness. I know my purpose should have been scholastic success, but with very few friends in the area I spent a lot of my free time alone in my dorm room.
September 6, 2017

Speak Truth to Power

As a researcher of digital literacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I’m interested in finding stories about how marginalized people use digital technology to better their lives and speak truth to power, so to speak.
July 14, 2017

The Preparation

A group of interns from American Family Insurance sat down with instructors from YWeb to learn more about the program and how it has helped dozens of people jumpstart their careers. As students getting ready to enter the workforce, we asked Rasheid and Julia what YWeb does to prepare its students for success.
June 1, 2017

I knew I would face couple of challenges

While I was waiting for my permit, I could not work hence I had to sit at home. I was looking for opportunity to kill my time as I had no friends and family to be with. So, I started to look out for opportunities that could allow me to volunteer.
June 1, 2017

Knowledge or Experience

When I learned about the YWeb program I was hesitating to enroll because I thought that my educational background does not relate in any way to it.
June 1, 2017

His Words Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks

I began down the path to the Y-WEB two years ago. My  workload was overflowing, and I wasn’t seeing the growth from my position I had […]

What We're Seeing


Some of the numbers from previous Cohorts over the years.

  • 2015Cohort1

    36% Retention Rate
  • 2015Cohort2

    73% Retention Rate
  • 2016Cohort3

    81% Retention Rate
  • 2016Cohort4

    76% Retention Rate
  • 2017Cohort5

    91% Retention Rate
  • 2017Cohort6

    Begins September 12th