Economic Empowerment Program

The Women's Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) is a unique gender-responsive career development program preparing folks who identify as women and/or gender non-conforming for careers in administration or human services. The program promotes empowerment, healing and community care.  EEP is an individualized program, lasting 10 weeks to 6 months and includes classroom and on-the-job training Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4pm. Together we will create space for healing through community care and storytelling. What makes EEP unique? The work is informed by YWCA’s commitment to Social Justice.


Classroom sessions include training in computer/digital literacy skills in the Comcast Learning Lab, financial literacy workshops, communication skill-building and practice, resume/interviewing and personal growth and healing. However, EEP goes outside the classroom with work-based training in project management, office administration, data entry and database, QuickBooks and customer services.



To learn more about the Economic Empowerment Program, contact Heather Penny at (360) 352-0593 or

The Comcast Learning Lab, funded by a grant from the Comcast Foundation, is a critical component of the Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) fueling EEP’s job training activities and skill building workshops.  Utilizing the Comcast Learning Lab, the EEP offers training in frequently used programs such as MS Word, Outlook, QuickBooks, PowerPoint and Excel.  Other technology trainings and hands-on real world experiences include professional social media management, program marketing, successful email communications, and organization of electronic files, all of which help create attractive job candidates and successful employees.  The Comcast Learning Lab ensures that women enrolled in EEP gain the full benefit of the program by providing all participants with access to equipment and hands-on training opportunities, increasing their technology skills and confidence. 


Heather Penny (EEP Coordinator) is a mixed race native queer femme survivor with a passion for healing and liberation work. She is a trauma informed certified peer counselor and community anti-racist organizer. She has almost 20 years experience passionately working with diverse groups of people to create accessible healing and justice spaces and programs that center the voice, experience and vision of targeted people, especially people of color, women, poor people, lgbtq folks and youth.  EEP uses healing justice as a means to economic empowerment and that is work that can liberate us all.” Heather Penny - Program Coordinator     

Tatomya Wimbish (EEP Program Facilitator) started with the YWCA in 2014 through Community Jobs and was hired full time September of that same year. As a past participant she quickly became the point person with systems partners and resource management for our current participants. She approaches her direct service through a trauma informed anti-oppression lens. She has a clear analysis of systematic and institutionalized oppression and uses that knowledge to support participants in navigating those systems. Tatomya is a Black woman with lived experience of racism, systematic oppression, and sexism and facilitates using those experiences to inform her work. “For me what makes EEP important is that we prioritize people over systems and that is what sets us apart. We support the growth of participants based on their individual & collective needs.” Tatoyma Wimbish - Program Facilitator

Sarah Stockholm (EEP Program Facilitator) is a trained teacher who taught in rural, high-poverty and Indigenous communities where she was mentored by resilient & trauma-informed Lakota & Dakota community members & educators. She is rooted in popular education practices including Theatre of the Oppressed, which supports personal and collective transformation through storytelling and community problem solving. Sarah is a white anti-racist community organizer who works with local & national organizations to engage white people in a multiracial movement for racial justice. As a domestic violence & sexual assault survivor, she knows access to healing practices, providers and community support has been an essential part of her own healing.  EEP is a community where participants give & receive support while developing the skills to reach their personal goals, analyze systems of oppression and provide much needed services to the greater community.” Sarah Stockholm - Program Facilitator