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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.

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CEO Shelley Carthen Watson Pays It Forward

November 30, 2022

Macalester College News profiled YWCA Minneapolis President and CEO and Mac alumna Shelley Carthen Watson and her journey of political and intellectual engagement throughout her life.

YWCA Chief Development Officer Accepts Turkeys from Minnesota Vikings

November 21, 2022

FOX9: Minnesota Vikings players, including star Justin Jefferson, took time out of their schedule to make sure some families have food on their table. FOX 9’s Ahmad Hicks was onsite...

Early Childhood VP Quoted in YWCA USA Report on Child Care Crisis

November 8, 2022

In a survey and report for YWomen Vote, YWCA USA interviewed child care leaders from YWCAs across the country and YWCA Minneapolis Early Childhood Education VP Stephanie Thomas was quoted.

YWCA Minneapolis Early Childhood VP Speaks on Child Care Crisis in TC Biz Journal

October 27, 2022

TWIN CITIES BUSINESS JOURNAL: YWCA vice president of Early Childhood Education Stephanie Thomas spoke to Twin Cities Business Journal about the child care crisis in Minnesota.

YWCA Minneapolis Selects Vice President of Human Resources

October 21, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Minneapolis, Minn.) –  Julie Schlueter Engen will join YWCA Minneapolis as the Vice President of Human Resources effective Monday, Oct. 24. Engen comes to this senior leadership post...

YWCA Minneapolis President & CEO Among Honorees for Women of Color Award

October 20, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL: For her leadership, Shelley Carthen-Watson, president and CEO of YWCA Minneapolis, joins 23 remarkable Twin Cities women recognized with the Women of Color Achievement Award.