This International Women’s Day, you can support women in our EMPower Connect and Coaching Program who are building the skills and confidence necessary to achieve long term economic freedom from the impacts of homelessness, family violence and poverty.
Women experiencing or at risk of homelessness are among Australia’s most socially and economically disadvantaged – and this has only worsened with the pandemic hitting women the hardest.
At Juno, we recognise that the consequences of poverty are far-reaching and perpetuate cycles of crisis and instability which can have long-lasting impacts on education, employment and financial security. In response to this, we are introducing approaches that tackle the structural issues of homelessness, gendered poverty and family violence, to create sustainable change in the lives of the women we work with.
EMPower is a breakthrough coaching program focused on setting and achieving long-term goals across family and housing, career and education, finances, and health and wellbeing. The evidence-based approach assists women to move towards economic self-sufficiency and out of poverty for good.
Your support this IWD will make a big difference to women like Cyla, who received support from Juno after escaping family violence and needing to relocate from the family home as a matter of safety. We supported Cyla and her three children into a private rental and to access funding to help the family with the move.
Once in stable housing, Cyla, 28, was incredibly motivated to explore long-term life goals for herself and her family. She decided to join Juno’s EMPower program, where she could begin accessing regular one-on-one coaching to develop her skills and address barriers linked to her income, stability, and personal life growth.
“It makes women very strong and to stand up for themselves,” says Cyla.
Cyla has been working with one of Juno’s EMPower Coaches, Shazia, for four months and has already realised many of the goals she set out to achieve. This includes applying for Community Housing, getting her children into sports classes, and beginning the process of returning to her accounting studies here in Australia.
“Shazia is very good, I can’t believe how lucky I am.”
Another participant, Kristy, 44, who has been in EMPower for 12 months, has completed various goals in relation to her financial stability, career and health and wellbeing. After only previously working on a casual basis, Kristy is now employed part-time as a cook at a local women’s refuge. This experience has inspired her to begin studies in Community Services, and Kristy is currently looking into educational pathways with her coach.
“What is unique about this coaching method is it brings together a trauma-informed knowledge base, alongside a deep belief in women’s capacity to achieve their goals and the specific tools, training and resources to improve economic security over the course of their lifetimes” – Tessa, EMPower coach
There are currently 21 women in the EMPower Program. EMPower participants have accessed Economic Mobility Power Mentoring to secure dream careers, reach new levels of education, become financially independent, pay off debts and secure permanent housing.
Keen to show your support this International Women’s Day? How about making a donation to support more women like Cyla and Kristy through our EMPower Connect and Coaching Program.
*Please note names have been changed for privacy.