Class Calendar

To learn more about the Fifty+ program for women or sign up for an orientation call 415-479-9922 or email

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July August September October
Orientation1 hour and 15 minutes Please call to register
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
(Mondays) 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Please call to register
Aug 7, 14, 21, 28
(Mondays) 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Please call to register
Sept. 11, 18, 25
(Mondays) 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
1:15pm - 2:30pm Please call to register
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
(Mondays) 1:15pm - 2:30pm

Want to join or learn more about the Fifty+ Employment Support Program? Our weekly orientation is your first step! In this 1 hour session you’ll learn about the workshops and services available for women 50 and older. Through our program you’ll learn how to get job ready, build your skills and stay motivated in your job search. You’ll also take an assessment that will give you a custom guide for using services in our program. Orientation is mandatory before taking any workshops.

Choosing Your Job Direction2 days Tuesday, July 11
& Thursday, July 13
9:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesday, Aug 1
& Thursday, Aug 3
9:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesday, Sept. 5
& Thursday, Sept. 7
9:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesday, Oct 4
& Thursday, Oct 6
9:30am - 4:00pm Oct. 2, 3, 5
3 Days (Mon,Tues,Thurs)
9:30am - 1:00pm

The precursor to Taking Control of your Job Search, our “Choosing Your Job Direction” workshop is designed to help you identify what job opportunities best fit your skills and interests and turn this into a specific job objective.

The course will use a series of participatory activities to teach participants how to:

  • Identify the importance of a job objective in a successful job search.
  • Connect to other job seekers to build a resource network.
  • Discuss your dream jobs and the difference between a job and a career.
  • Describe the role work plays in your lives and additional things that influence your job search.
  • Learn tools for navigating change.
  • Discuss various job assessment ‘tools’ and how they can be used.
  • Identify different kinds of transferrable skills and assess your values to learn how to connect them to developing your job objective.
  • Identify internet resources that can help you identify your job objective.
  • Complete a ‘take home’ research activity to identify two specific job areas that interest you and evaluate whether your skills, abilities, and goals connect to that job.
  • Learn how to set goals.
  • Create a specific action plan to help you move forward in finalizing your job objective.

Participants who take this course need to commit to attend the full two days and complete a 90 minute ‘take home’ activity between the first and second parts.

Taking Control of Your Job Search4 days Tuesdays, Sept. 12, 19
Thursdays, Sept. 14, 21
9:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesdays, Oct 11, 18
Thursdays, Oct 13, 20
9:30am - 4:00pm Mondays, Oct. 19, 16
Tuesdays, Oct. 10, 17
Thursdays, Oct. 12, 19
9:30am - 1:00pm (6 days)

Our signature 4-day workshop series, “Taking Control of your Job Search” is designed to comprehensively increase your success in seeking out employment and help you build new connections and networks within a peer group of women 50 and older.

Participants will emerge with a strong resume, improved interview skills, creative job search techniques, new connections with other job seekers and an action plan for how to move forward after the workshops end. You will learn how to make your age an asset in your search, have time for practical application of the skills you are learning, and leave the class prepared to seek out, apply for, interview for and negotiate for the position you want.

This workshop is open to all women fifty and older, including those who are just starting their search, those who are currently looking and job seekers wanting new tools and/or inspiration. In order to best benefit from the course, we recommend that you already have in mind one or two jobs that you’re looking for. If you’re still thinking about what type of jobs you’d like to pursue, we recommend our “Discovering Your Career” workshop, which also happens monthly.

Taking Control Express:Resumes & Cover Letters1 day Tuesday, Aug 8

Looking for a focused, one-day workshop to help you build a specific skill? If so, our new “Taking Control Express” workshops are for you! Our Resumes and Cover Letters day will help you build the written skills you need for the job search, and you’ll leave with a working draft – or improved draft! – of a resume and cover letter for your future employment applications.

Taking Control Express:Skills for Interviewing & Networking1 day Thursday, July 27
9:30am - 4:00pm
Thursday, Aug. 17
9:30am - 4:00pm
Thursday, Oct 27
9:30am - 4:00pm

Looking for a focused, one-day workshop to help you build a specific skill? Our Networking and Interviewing day will help you build your verbal and social skills, and you’ll leave with an action plan for working your connections and a new sense of confidence in the way you present yourself to contacts and prospective employers.

Microsoft Outlook3 hours and 30 minutes Monday, Oct 17
9:00am - 12:30pm Monday, Oct 23
9:00am - 12:30pm

Outlook is a program that allows you to manage time and personal information. Outlook integrates E-Mail, Calendar, Tasks, Notes and Journal modules that let you manage your mail, appointments and activities for yourself or on the job.

Microsoft Word4 days July 5, 12, 19, 26
9:00am - 12:30pm
Sept. 11, 13, 18, 20
9:00am - 12:30pm

In this class, clients will be given an overview of the various features of Word 2010. Clients will use Word 2010 to create and review professional documents including letterhead, letters and memos and newsletters.

Topics included are: formatting, editing, saving and opening files, spacing, margins, tabs, indents, pagination, headers and footers, clip art and more.

Special attention will be given on how to use Word 2010 to enhance resume content and design.

Microsoft Excel4 days Aug 14, 16, 21, 23
(Mondays & Wednesdays)
9:00am - 12:30pm
Oct 3 (Mon), 5, 19, 26
9:00am - 12:30pm Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
9:00am - 12:30pm

)This class provides all of the tools necessary to work with and create basic spreadsheets. Clients will receive an overview of the program and learn a variety of methods for entering and editing data.

Topics included are:

  • opening and saving spreadsheets,
  • printing,
  • formulas and functions,
  • entering and editing data,
  • formatting,
  • absolute and relative cell references,
  • charts,
  • and more.
Microsoft PowerPoint3 hours and 30 minutes Monday, Oct 24
9:00am - 12:30pm

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 is a complete presentation graphics program that produces professional-looking presentations and is used in many workplaces today by a variety of employees. To make presentations more impressive, you can add charts, diagrams, tables, pictures, video, sound and animation effects.

During the class you'll learn how to create a presentation, enter slide text, add a new slide, apply a design theme and print a PowerPoint presentation. Learn to modify a presentation, format text, insert and modify shapes, align and group objects. Master inserting objects into a presentation, inserting text from MS Word, clip art, insert and style a picture, insert a text box, a chart, table and format WordArt.

Have an idea or topic ready for this class (with pictures if possible) on a USB port drive.

LinkedIn2 Hours 30 Minutes Monday, Aug. 7
9:00am - 11:30am
Monday, Sept. 25
9:00am - 11:30am
Monday, Oct 10
9:00am - 11:30am Monday, Oct. 30
9:00am - 11:30am

LinkedIn is the hottest new way to network online in a completely professional setting. Come to our workshop and learn the basics of setting up a profile, with tips on the right phrases to get you noticed by employers and other future connections. Learn how to make connections online and leverage those connections for professional networking. You’ll leave with a strong sense of how to use this easy and incredibly important social media tool for the working world!

Making Age an Asset2 hours 30 minutes Monday, Sept. 11
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Monday, Oct. 23
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Many older job seekers are concerned about encountering age discrimination in the hiring process or workplace. Come to this workshop to learn more about legal protections for older workers, how to make your experience an asset, and tips for resumes and interviewing.

This workshop is taught at:
Marin Employment Connection
120 N. Redwood Hwy, 3rd floor,
San Rafael, CA 94903

Registration is not required.

Finances @ Fifty+3 hours Wednesday, Oct 5
12:45pm - 4:00pm

Every day hardworking people, like you, struggle to make ends meet. In fact almost 20 million people 50 and older are feeling overwhelmed by mounting debt, poor credit or lack of savings. It doesn't have to be that way, and learning to manage your money better is the first step.

The YWCA of SF and Marin, the AARP Foundation and the Charles Schwab Foundation believe that everyone can benefit from smart money habits. That’s why we’re offering the AARP Foundation’s Finances Fifty+. Whether you’re trying to meet your everyday needs like rent and food or planning a family vacation, being smart about your money is critical.

Our program is simple. Each interactive in-person session is designed to help you build habits that can improve your financial situation:

  • Budgeting and goal setting
  • Taking charge of credit and debt
  • Developing a savings plan and protecting your assets

The sessions will give you a good handle on where you stand financially, providing simple, hands-on ways to make measurable progress toward your financial goals.

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Don't job hunt alone! Are you spending hours in front of your computer, looking for and applying for jobs? Tired of doing it by yourself? You don't have to! Our YWCA Computer Lab is open to all Fifty+ clients, and we'd love to have you join us here. Be around fellow colleagues, work on your job hunt and improve your computer skills — all while being in a great, friendly environment.

Work for Yourself@50+2 hours Sept 26th, Tues 9:30-12:30pm

Work for Yourself@50+ is a program specifically designed to help people 50 and older learn about what it takes to be succesfully self-employed in today's economy.

Join us for an interactive workshop where you'll learn to:

*Explore your Options *Find your focus *Make a Plan *Watch out for trouble *Connect with resources in your community

Please call toll free 888-339-5617 to register for a workshop.