Our Voices

Welcome to the Our Voices blog, where we share viewpoints from voices throughout the YWCA of Minneapolis, including the stories about people whose lives are changed by the YWCA’s programs. The stories will give you a closer look at the work we do, and the people who are equipped to create brighter futures for themselves and their families.

We hope you'll check back as we add blog entries. Our initial set of blog posts are part of our 120 Years, 120 Stories series, celebrating some recent success stories.

  • Legacy Campaign Profile: Emily Fuerste

    Emily Fuerste's decision to make a planned gift to the Power to Soar campaign was inspired by a mentor, Helen Claytor, the first African-American woman to lead the YWCA's national Board of Directors, whose influence and trailblazing efforts were instrumental in guiding her career.

    Posted 4/17/14 by YWCA of Minneapolis | Read More | No Comments

  • Love for Log Rolling Began Early, Now a Profession

    Judy Scheer Hoeschler learned log rolling as a child in Hayward, Wisconsin, before introducing the activity to members through a class at the La Crosse (WI) YWCA. She's now a member of the Uptown YWCA and operates a family business based on the sport. She shares with us her experience and her love of log rolling.

    Posted 4/16/14 by Judy Scheer Hoeschler, Founder & Director of Marketing, Key Log Rolling™ | Read More | No Comments

  • Girls Inc. Projects Making a Difference at Schools Across Minneapolis

    Members of Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Minneapolis are making a difference at their schools across Minneapolis, ranging from anti-bully campaigns to pet care awareness. Read about their efforts and watch a video one group created to define and oppose sexual harassment.

    Posted 4/14/14 by Sarah Kelly, Youth Counselor, Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Minneapolis | Read More | No Comments

  • What Do Race and Racism Mean to Young People?

    Are we living in a post-racial society? Do race and racism mean the same thing to today's youth as it does to yesterday's youth? Some folks point to facts such as the election of an African-American president, the growing diversity of the American population and the increasing openness to interracial relationships as evidence that we, as a people, are moving past issues of racial injustice. Could this be true?

    Posted 4/11/14 by Sara Jensen, YWCA of Minneapolis Racial Justice Facilitator Coordinator | Read More | No Comments

  • Two Pioneers' Birthdays Remind Us That Women's Rights and Civil Rights are Indivisible

    The birthdays of two civil rights pioneers this week reminds us that the two statements in our mission are inseparable. YWCA of Minneapolis President and Chief Executive Officer Becky Roloff celebrates those two pioneers and what they mean to the organization.

    Posted 3/27/14 by Becky Roloff, YWCA of Minneapolis President and Chief Executive Officer | Read More | No Comments

  • Natalie Sims Participates in Can-Am Paralympic Championships

    The last time we checked in on Natalie Sims, YWCA Otters swimmer, she was impressing those attending the Can-Am Paralympic Meet in Edmonton, Canada. Otters Coach Dave Cameron reports from the Can-Am meet in Miami, Florida, where she's now trying out for a roster spot on the US National team for next summer's Pan-Pacific Championships. Go Natalie!

    Posted 3/27/14 by Dave Cameron, YWCA Otters Coach | Read More | No Comments

  • Legacy Campaign Profile: Donor's Sound Planning Helps Ensure YWCA's Future

    Susan, a small-business owner and former board chair for the YWCA of Minneapolis, found a way to make a legacy gift to the Power to Soar campaign, despite rough economic times.

    Posted 3/25/14 by YWCA of Minneapolis | Read More | 1 Comment

  • Training Made the Difference in My First-Ever Marathon

    When Patty Schmidt wanted to learn how to become a better and smarter runner, she engaged the support of a YWCA of Minneapolis Endurance Sports coach. That training and preparation really paid off when it came to her first marathon, but as Patty points out, the real benefits will be long term in nature.

    Posted 3/17/14 by Patty Schmidt, Runner and Endurance Sports Coaching Client | Read More | 3 Comments

  • Spring Girls Inc. Workshops Focused on Media, Science and Fun

    There is one Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Minneapolis spring workshop coming on March 31. The first two workshops of 2014 featured how to develop "Media Smarts" and an exploration of science, technology, math and engineering -- with a tower-building project involving gumdrops! Girls Inc. Youth Counselor Sarah Kelly gives us a look at the workshops, and a preview of the upcoming Career workshop.

    Posted 3/6/14 by Sarah Kelly, Girls Inc. Youth Counselor | Read More | No Comments

  • Preparation and YWCA Training Prove Crucial on High-Altitude Adventure

    When Cotty Lowry was preparing for 17-day trip to make the 125-mile trek of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, he knew he had to get into prime physical shape. He worked with YWCA of Minneapolis Endurance Sports Coach Kym Zest to prepare, and credits that training with helping meet the challenge and making the adventure a success.

    Posted 2/28/14 by Cotty Lowry, Adventurer and YWCA Endurance Sports Client | Read More | 1 Comment