The Life Guides program seeks families that have shown a commitment to making changes on their own to benefit their future. Our participating families need emotional support, guidance, and accountability to help them reach their goals. Families should be somewhat stabilized, yet benefit from a supportive partnership. Our program offers consistent agency support as we partner with them on their personal journey.



Families must reside in Kalamazoo or Allegan County.


Families must have a child currently between the ages of 0-3.

Federal Poverty Level

Families must be at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FLP) for their family size.

Attend Monthly Meetings

Families must attend monthly meeting with their Life Guide, group meetings, and support service appointments.


Families must be committed to setting and meeting their goals throughout their children's journey to adulthood.



Nomination Form

ONLY a community agency can fill out a Nomination Form.


Meet and Greet

The family will meet with a Life Guides staff member.



The staff and family will then determine if this program is a good fit.

nominate a family


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this for? ¿Para quién es este?
People who want a career in early childhood education. Personas que quieren una carrera en educación infantil.
What is it? ¿Qué es?
A career pathway with support to help you reach your long-term career goals. Una formación vocacional con apoyo para ayudarlo a alcanzar sus metas profesionales a largo plazo.
What is an apprenticeship? ¿Qué es un aprendizaje?
An apprenticeship pays you while you get trained for the job. Un aprendizaje le pagará mientras le capacitan para el trabajo.
When will it begin? ¿Cuándo empezará?
You can apply for this apprenticeship beginning January 2021. It is full-time. Puede aplicar para este aprendizaje a partir de enero de 2021.La posición es a tiempo completo.
If I’m offered a position where will I be employed? Si me ofrecen un puesto, ¿dónde trabajaré?
YWCA Kalamazoo Children’s Center Centro Infantil de YWCA Kalamazoo
Why is this opportunity being offered? ¿Por qué se ofrece esta oportunidad?
To have more people with credentials to work in early learning and child care programs in the neighborhood. To help create more home child care slots in the neighborhood. Tener más personas con credenciales para trabajar en programas de educación temprana y guarderías en el vecindario. Para ayudar a crear más espacios de cuidado infantil en el hogar en el vecindario.
Why should I apply? ¿Por qué debo solicitar un puesto?
You should apply if you want a career where you can make a difference in the lives of children and families in your neighborhood. Debe presentar una solicitud si desea una carrera en la que pueda marcar una diferencia en la vida de los niños y las familias de su vecindario.
How can I apply? ¿Cómo puedo solicitar un puesto?
Complete this form. Complete este formulario de interés.