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Documents concerning two programs preparing young women for employment. The YWCA of the U.S.A. Job Corps program provides lodging, basic education and job training for young women in need. The program is part of the initiative launched by the United States Department of Labor and the Economic Security Act. The YWCA of the U.S.A. program utilizes its existing structure and expertise to train Job Corps members, provide basic education for the completion of high school equivalency exams, give access to health care and counseling and instruct in life skills through shared living responsibilities. Pamphlets, reports, correspondence and program notes include program descriptions, reports of program successes and explanations of the organization's role in the national Job Corps. The second job skills program is the YWCA of the U.S.A. Business Office Culture Project. This project focuses on high school graduates that may need further assistance to obtain a steady job in a professional setting, with particular need recognized in women of color. The final project report to the United States Department of Labor details the project purpose, target audience and desired effect on workplace culture and understanding. This report includes facts and figures concerning the demographics of workplaces in the United States, household incomes and the earning gaps between white men, people of color and women. The project proposal, project update and contract with the United States Department of labor are also included.
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This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.
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To the extent that it owns copyright, YWCA of the USA has retained copyright in its works donated to Smith College, but has has authorized Smith College Special Collections to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations from the records on its behalf. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the USA, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Job Corps and Labor, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.