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Who We Are

YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world. Our mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

We are a trusted social justice organization with a 130+ year history of advocacy for women and children. Through equity-centered programs and advocacy focused on racial justice, education and wellness, we create leaders, spark positive change, and improve the health of our community for all. Making a Difference. That’s the Difference.™

On a Mission for 130+ Years

YWCA Minneapolis strives every day for:

  • Race and gender equity
  • Economic independence for women
  • Respect for diverse cultures
  • Children and youth who thrive
  • A community that is vibrant and healthy

YWCA’s Impact

“We continuously marvel at how much the children and families thrive in YWCA care and how they create a learning environment that is welcoming to all.”

― Zorica Stancevic, YWCA Early Childhood Education Parent

YWCA Minneapolis works to promote education, equity and health across the communities we serve. Last year alone, our programs helped 720+ children receive high-quality, anti-bias education, 5,000+ individuals learn about civic engagement and how to combat racial inequities, 1,250+ girls and youth become creators of change in their community, and 24,200+ fitness members achieve better health and wellness. Together, we’re making a difference.

As an organization, YWCA Minneapolis serves more than 30,000 people every single year — ranging from families seeking group fitness classes to young girls interested in pursuing the fields of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). With your support, we can create an even greater impact in our community and pave the way for a brighter future.

Celebrating 130+ Years of Progress

YWCA Minneapolis has been building stronger and more open-minded communities for 130+ years. From health access to racial justice, the leaders of YWCA Minneapolis have long been at the forefront of change.

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Racial Justice VP Discusses Microaggressions on MPR News with Angela Davis

June 12, 2021

As more people receive COVID-19 vaccinations, employees are beginning to return to their workplaces in person. But some — particularly employees of color — are concerned about returning to more frequent...

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Racism 101 Workshop

June 24, 2021 6:00pm @Virtual Event

What is racism, really? Often people think of big, obvious examples like racial slurs, the KKK or Nazis, racial hate crimes or not hiring someone because of the color of...

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YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity employer/program provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.