Women’s Economic Mobility Hub

The WNY Women’s Foundation newest initiative, the Buffalo Women’s Economic Mobility Hub expands our successful MOMs: From Education to Employment® model to incorporate existing workforce development training programs.

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Photo of 2019 BCAT graduates courtesy of BCAT.
The new Women’s Economic Mobility Hub will help even more parents like these graduate and find family-sustaining jobs.

What It Is

The Women’s Economic Mobility Hub expands our successful MOMs: From Education to Employment® model to incorporate existing workforce development training programs.

The Women’s Economic Mobility Hub includes partnership with two respected nonprofits on the east side of the city, Harvest House and Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT).

At BCAT alone, 72% of students are African-American, 95% are female, and 55% have children while almost all of Harvest House’s students are single mothers with incomes below the federal poverty level.


What It Does

The Hub features experiences that support economic mobility for single mothers, including emergency grants, financial literacy training, and mentoring as well as achievement coaching.

The Hub is part of a national cohort of nine women’s foundations across the United States. It is not a physical location, but a powerful tool for systems change that creates a sustainable pathway to work.


Why It’s Important

The Hub will focus on Buffalo’s East Side, a historically segregated and economically depressed area with high employment potential. The Hub will uplift thousands of women and their families using our successful two-generation model.

This project is being launched at a pivotal time when economic mobility is essential to surviving the financial uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.