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YWCA Minneapolis is a trusted social justice organization with a 130+ year history of advocacy for women and children. Through our high-quality programs, classes and workshops, we connect individuals and families across the Twin Cities with the knowledge, community and resources to thrive.

View the latest press releases and news reports featuring YWCA Minneapolis below. For media inquiries, please contact Cori Mattli at or 612-460-1125.

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YWCA Minneapolis Hosts Race Against Racism 5K Event on August 8

July 22, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS – YWCA Minneapolis is hosting a new community event this year – Race Against Racism 5K. The race is an accessible 3.1-mile run/walk on a flat course around Lake Nokomis on August 8, 2021, beginning at...

Media Coverage of New President and CEO, Shelley Carthen Watson

July 2, 2021

From the Star Tribune: The YWCA Minneapolis has named University of Minnesota attorney Shelley Carthen Watson as the nonprofit’s new CEO, starting Aug. 9. Read More From the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder:...

YWCA Minneapolis Elects Shelley Carthen Watson as New President and CEO

June 24, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – June 24, 2021 – YWCA Minneapolis is pleased to announce that Shelley Carthen Watson has been elected its new president and CEO. Shelley is a nationally-renowned labor and...

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...

Kare11 Covers High Demand for Swimming Lessons

June 3, 2021

After a year with very few swimming lessons, parents are rushing to get their kids caught up heading into the summer. Read the Full Story

Minnesota Twins Recognize One-Year Commemoration with Community Organizations

May 25, 2021

Ceremonial first pitches were delivered on video by representatives of the Twins’ nonprofit partners in the community, including Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, Neighborhood House, Northside Achievement...