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Workforce Development

The YWCA Elgin & Advocate Aurora Health Workforce Development program offers a 9 week paid internship. This internship includes both clinical (C.N.A. & Phlebotomy) and entry level non-clinical healthcare positions.

During the internship the YWCA will prepare you with practice interviews, updating resumes, and coaching to increase your employability.  Next you will participate in three – 3 week rotations. These rotations will give you the opportunity to explore different jobs and departments. The internship program changes annually depending on the need.  Examples of non-clinical departments may include dietary and nutrition, housekeeping, supplies, and patient transport. Clinical departments can include patient/surgery, orthopedics/neurology, baby/maternal feeding, and floater pool.

The internship program has the potential to lead to permanent job offers at the end of the 9 weeks.  Advocate Aurora Health offered a paid position to 80% of our students in 2017.

If you are interested in participating in our Workforce Development program or would like more information, please call Rose Diaz at 847.742.7930

YWCA Elgin’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

We are mourning the cold-hearted and cruel killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Department Officer as three fellow officers watched. Mr. Floyd’s killing reminds us that for far too long African Americans are much more likely to die at the hands of the police. Mr. Floyd is the latest and most vivid example of how black lives continue to be discarded.

Protesters are marching in the streets across the United States, in the greatest numbers since the 1960’s. It sends a strong message we must make changes now and end this cycle. It is imperative to end the institutional racism that infects our society.

The YWCA Elgin stands with Alejandra Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA, who states, “We are outraged by the callous killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer – and similarly appalled by the inaction of three other officers who stood by watching as George Floyd endured unspeakable suffering, but addressing this specific incident alone won’t be enough to prevent future incidents of police violence against Black people, and people of color in America. Our country’s failure to address institutional racism is costing lives. Racism is why coronavirus is killing more people of color than white people. Racism is why police shootings are a leading cause of death for young Black men. Racism is why Black mothers die more frequently in childbirth. Racism has no place in the America we all deserve.”

We call on our national, state, and local leaders to immediately acknowledge the institutional racism in our society and to immediately implement change. The YWCA Elgin, along with the YWCA USA, is committed to racial justice, and we stand united in the fight for all for a fair and just society.

The Board of Directors, YWCA Elgin