Join WANDA

Achieve your full potential with WANDA

WANDA provides a curriculum grounded in financial literacy, career advancement and life skills, and matched savings to low-income single mothers. 

Continue reading below to find out if WANDA is right for you. You’ll find a link to our application at the bottom of this page.

When you join WANDA, you:
Learn to set personal goals, boost your financial literacy, advance your career, and sharpen key life skills
Graduate from WANDA with up to $6000 to invest in education, retirement or home ownership
Belong to a supportive community of achievement-minded women with similar challenges and goals
Access WANDA’s large network of peers, mentors and partner organizations
Pass along to your children the knowledge and skills you acquire

How does it work?

The WANDA program last three years. During the first year, WANDA moms participate in classes once a month. Each participant opens a savings account when she joins and makes regular monthly deposits until she reaches $2000, or until the end of the three year period. WANDA matches these savings 2:1 – a mom who saves $2000 can earn up to $4000 in matching funds. This money is then invested in an asset. 

The 2020-2021 WANDA program cycle will be conducted online. Participants who lack a device or reliable internet connection at home may request assistance.

Applications 2020-2021

WANDA accepts one new class of approximately 30 – 40 women each year. The application deadline for our 2020 program is now closed. Our next program will kick-off on September 12, 2020. 

To be eligible to apply to WANDA, you must fit these criteria:

  • Complete your application and submit supporting documentation by the deadline (TBD)
  • Live, work or attend school in San Mateo County or Santa Clara County
  • Unmarried
  • File as head of household on your income tax return
  • Have at least one dependent 18 years or younger
  • Employed full or part-time, self-employment income or work study income
  • Personal assets valued below approximately $15,000
  • Have an income that falls within current WANDA income limits, as shown in the table below

Income Eligibility Limits

Household size
2
3
4
5
6
Income limit
$81,340
$91,500
$101,630
$109,830
$117,920
Household size

Income limit

2
$59,040
3
$66,420
4
$73,800
5
$79,740
6
$85,620
Attend an Information Session

WANDA schedules several information sessions throughout the recruitment period. View dates and sign up for one of our online information sessions. These sessions are not required, but they offer a great way to learn more about WANDA. 

Contact Us

You may contact the WANDA Program Manager, Jennifer Advani directly regarding applying to WANDA – we’d love to hear from you!
jennifer@wandasiliconvalley.org
855-926-3278 x103