Financial Education

YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix seeks to advance its mission through educational programs and community collaborations focused on creating positive systemic change, ultimately building financial equality for women and families. If you prefer to view this page in another language, please choose your language preference at the top of the page.

Own It! is four-week program offered at two levels. Both levels of learning provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to become financially stable and independent. We offer our Own It! Level I & II classes in both English and Spanish. Our instructors have knowledge and experience in a wide variety of financial topics.

Enroll today and take the first steps to financial freedom!

Own It! Series Level I

Our level I course focuses on introductory financial topics. This four-week program provides students with the knowledge and tools they need to become financially stable and independent. During the level I course we will explore the following topics:

  • SMART Goals
  • Expense Tracking
  • Spending Plans
  • Using Credit Wisely
  • Increasing Savings
  • Reducing Debt

Own It! Level I:
This class is only offered as a four-part series meeting each week.
Dates: Tuesdays, September 7, 14, 21, & 28

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Dates: Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, & 27

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Dates: Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, & 30

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Dates: Thursdays, January 6, 13, 20, & 27

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Own It! Series Level II

Our Own It! Level II course continues lessons in Own It! Level I in further depth and detail. Our expert instructors will dive deep into budgeting, financial planning, credit and debt management. If you enjoyed Own It! Level I we guarantee you will walk away from our second part to the series of classes feeling empowered to take on your finances! Topics in Level II include:

  • Assess your current financial condition
  • Create a spending plan to guide your spending and saving
  • Understand the benefits of using credit wisely
  • Recognize the signs of debt distress
  • Understand the difference between good and bad debt
  • Implement goal setting
  • Understand basic investing
  • Understand the importance of retirement planning
  • Understand basic estate planning

Own It! Level II:
This class is only offered as a four-part series meeting each week.
Dates: Currently not scheduled, please check our calendar for other classes

Time: Currently not scheduled, please check our calendar for other classes

Looking for a home to rent?

Wondering what your rights as a renter are?

Interested in navigating your best lease?

Finding and securing a home or an apartment to rent can be an overwhelming process, especially for first time renters. In Renting 101 we discuss how to avoid fraud, navigate lease agreements, your rights as a renter, and more. After attending Renting 101 you will have the knowledge and skills to confidently select a place to live and feel safe and secure about the process.

Date: Thursday, September 30

Times: 5:00pm – 6:30pm AZ time

Date: Monday, November 15

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm AZ time

Date: Monday, November 15

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm AZ time

Date: Wednesday, January 12

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm AZ time

Women in America earn 82 cents for every dollar that white men earn. The amount a woman is paid changes based on her race as well. Black women make 62 cents, Native women make 57 cents, and Latinas are the lowest at 54 cents. Lost wages mean women have less money to support themselves and their families, save and invest for the future, and spend on goods and services. Families, communities, and the economy suffer as a result.

In honor of Women’s Equal Pay Day, the date in 2021 when women make the same that white men do in 2020, join YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix in empowering women to close the wage gap.

We offer a two-part educational series geared towards providing women with the skills and knowledge to advocate for themselves and their families during wage negotiations. Part one begins with a self-directed class designed by AAUW. The second part includes a review, practice, and coaching session that connects you with our coaches and others committed to closing the pay gap for all women! 

Once registered for the virtual class our Prosperity team will send you additional information and course links. The Self-guided class must be completed prior to attending the review and coaching session.  The AAUW self-guided course takes 2-3 hours to complete and the coaching and review session will be an additional two hours in length, taught with live instructors virtually.  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Date: Thursday, September 23

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm AZ time

Date: Thursday, November 4

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm AZ time

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever – and as of July 15th, most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. The Child Tax Credit is meant to help all families succeed but navigating the portal and understanding the details can be confusing. YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix is here to walk you through all the details and help you understand how your family can benefit from the Advanced Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan. The class will cover:

  • What is the CTC and when payments should be received
  • Who qualifies for the CTC
  • How to receive or opt out of payments
  • What to do if you haven’t received payments
  • How to use the portal

Dates: Thursday, October 7th

Time: 5:30-7:00pm

For many buyers, the process of purchasing a home can seem complicated and overwhelming.

Our Homeownership 101 class is led by industry experts and is designed to help you surmount all these hurdles. Taking part in homeownership education offers huge financial and practical benefits and can help a buyer understand the process, ultimately, reaching a position of being mortgage-ready. This two-hour class will cover the following topics:

  • Budgeting and saving for a home
  • How much home can you afford?
  • Mortgage process
  • Resources for homebuyers
  • Credit reports and how they are scored
  • How to improve your credit for homeownership
  • New responsibilities of homeownership
  • How to choose a real estate agent
  • Shopping for a mortgage loan and the closing process
  • Roles of professionals involved in home purchases

Date: Thursday, October 14

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Date: Thursday, November 18

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Understanding health insurance and the many options can be very overwhelming. Knowing how health insurance can help you is very important, as it is a good way to manage your health care costs. Health Insurance 101 will teach you what you need to know to make informed decisions on the variety of insurance options. Join us and prepare yourself and your family for future medical needs. This two-hour class will cover the following topics:

  • How health insurance works
  • Health insurance type, coverage, and options
  • Health insurance terms
  • The cost of health insurance
  • Types of health insurance and options
  • How to acquire health insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance types:
    • Cancer
    • Disability
    • Long term care
  • ABLE and PASS accounts

Dates: Thursday, October 10

Time: 5:30pm

Our financial coaches can provide one-time or ongoing coaching to help financial dreams become a reality.

Sometimes we need one on one support to help achieve our goals. We recommend participating in both our workshops and coaching, however coaching is also available by itself in the event that workshop participation is not possible. If you are interested in coaching, please fill out the form below and one of our financial coaches will be in touch.

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