Our Voices Blog
Welcome to the Our Voices blog, where we share viewpoints from voices throughout YWCA Minneapolis, including the stories about people whose lives are changed by YWCA 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.
Girls RAP Participants Showcase Success at Graduation
Jun 15, 2017
"If I could sum up Girls RAP in one word it would be needed. In Girls RAP I learned how to open up to people. My favorite session was when the women came from the prison because I learned from what they were telling me and the things that they were talking about made me think."
Health and Wellness Vice President Taking Program to New Heights
Jun 14, 2017
Just a few months after being hired as the YWCA Minneapolis Uptown General Manager, Nicole Hessels volunteered at her first YWCA Women’s Triathlon. She was immediately inspired by all of the amazing women crossing the finish line and the overwhelming support they received. Now as the new Vice President of Health and Wellness, Nicole is looking to take the program to new heights.
Moms Can Be Athletes Too
Jun 5, 2017
As a mom of two active boys, I attended many, many of their sporting activities, including baseball, soccer, football, hockey, skiing lessons and more. Maybe it was time for them to see that MOMS can be athletes too!
Finding My Voice at YWCA
May 31, 2017
"Now I get to help my students find their voices. YWCA taught me how to get past my shyness and connect with other people. Most important of all, YWCA taught me how to be the confident woman I am today."
Investing in Our Girls, Women and Families
May 30, 2017
Quotes inspire me and keep me grounded. One of my favorites comes from Maya Angelou: “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
Gains were made decades ago in women’s rights and Civil Rights. Today, however, our mission is being threatened.
Sabrina's Second Home in YWCA Eureka! STEM Program
May 30, 2017
“At YWCA Girls Inc., I learned to open up to different perspectives and not be close-minded. I learned that I don’t have to stick to the one way I had been taught. And I realized that I had to get an education.”
The New Philanthropists - Donor Profile Featuring Jeninne McGee
May 30, 2017
"I have always been struck by one word in YWCA’s mission. We use the word EMPOWER; not help or support. Help can stop. Support can go away. But once empowered, a person can have that forever."
Is That What You Meant to Say? Intent vs. Impact
May 25, 2017
Did she intend to make me feel badly? Probably not. Did she make me feel badly? Absolutely. Her impact did not match her intent.
Career Day at YWCA Beacon Learning Center
May 22, 2017
Choosing a career is a huge decision. At the YWCA Beacon Learning Center at Hmong International Academy (HIA), we feel that giving our middle school students a head start in thinking about careers they might pursue will make it easier for them as they enter high school and start thinking about college.
Girls Inc. Girls Create PSA Addressing Environmental Pollution
May 19, 2017
The 4th and 5th grade girls in the Girls Inc. program at Marcy Open School decided to address issues of environmental pollution and degradation by making a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on ways to protect the environment.
In Praise of Boot Camp
May 16, 2017
I love the focus on strength training interspersed with bursts of cardio. I love that my workout is planned for me. But mostly, I love that I am working out with a group of people, diverse in our backgrounds and intentions, yet engaged in our encouragement of each other.
YWCA’s Contact Plus Partners with Patrick Henry High School to Host Successful Forum on Race Event
May 12, 2017
YWCA's Contact Plus partnered with Patrick Henry High School to present the Forum on Race to engage youth about the impact of race in our everyday lives. Read more about the activities and lessons learned at the event.
YWCA Celebrates Our Teachers During National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 11, 2017
National Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week in May of each year. We cannot possibly express how much we appreciate our YWCA early learning teachers and staff in just one week, but we will enjoy celebrating with fun activities and small gifts to show them our sincere gratitude.
United Against Bullying and Harassment #InHerCorner
May 10, 2017
In the past year, 1 in 4 high school girls has been bullied on school property. To address this pervasive problem, Girls Inc. has dedicated Girls Inc. Week 2017, May 8 - 12, to helping girls advocate for change and make our communities better places to live.
Girls Inc. Week: Girls are Agents of Change
May 8, 2017
Girls Inc. Week is dedicated to bringing awareness to bullying and harassment and how girls can be agents of change. We encourage you to join the Girls Inc. National Pledge by showing your support online.