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 Inc. Eureka! Launches STEM Summer Internship Program
Aug 18, 2017
As part of the third year of programming, rising 10th graders in the Girls Inc. Eureka! program interned at various organizations throughout the Twin Cities for four weeks, working 20 - 25 hours weekly.
YWCA Women’s Triathlon Celebrates 10 Years of Strength and Determination
Aug 17, 2017
YWCA Minneapolis celebrated a milestone year for the YWCA Women’s Triathlon as it celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the largest number of registrants to date.
Eliminate the Intimidation Factor at New Women’s Weight Training Class
Aug 15, 2017
Women's Weight Training will be an empowering combination of instructional learning and a good workout. Let's eliminate the intimidation factor women might sometimes feel when learning how to weight train!
Heidi’s Triathlon Fundraising Team for Access to Swim Equity
Aug 8, 2017
"Our country has a sad legacy of segregation in public pools and beaches, which means disproportionately some African Americans and People of Color/Indigenous (POCI) have not had access to swimming lessons. This legacy lives on--sadly--as evidenced in tragic recent swimming-related deaths among young people of color in our community."
No Longer Me Against the World
Jul 31, 2017
"During my internship at YWCA, I learned many things from these inspirational women (and man) that have become my role models over this short amount of time. It’s because of them that I no longer feel like it’s simply me against the world. Now I feel as if it’s me changing the world."
What’s The Right Training Shoe for Me?
Jul 28, 2017
Have you been wearing the exact same shoe for more than a year? Do you have any aches and pains in your feet, ankles, knees or hips? These are just a few questions to think about when trying to find the perfect shoe that will meet and exceed your workout expectations.
Teaching Swim Lessons During High School, College and Beyond
Jul 26, 2017
"What I like best about my job is the mission we have at YWCA Minneapolis. It motivates me to go further in my role as a swim instructor, and include values like acceptance and kindness in my teaching." - Mitch Vosejpka, YWCA Minneapolis Lifeguard and Swim Instructor
Focusing on Quality in Youth Programs
Jul 20, 2017
Quality matters in most aspects of our lives – from the car we drive, to the teachers in our schools, to the food we eat, and youth programs are no different. YWCA not only measures and analyzes the quality of our programs, but also ranks a full point higher than national averages in quality afterschool programs.
“My Future is so Bright I Have to Wear Shades”
Jul 14, 2017
More than 120 people came through the door to kick start the Eureka! summer program - the energy in the room was tangible. Looking around, it was easy to envision the bright futures of this hardworking group of girls.
YWCA Partners with World Soles – Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
Jul 14, 2017
Do you have a closet overflowing with old shoes you don’t wear anymore? Bring them down to any one of the three YWCA Minneapolis fitness locations in the month of July and donate them to a great cause!
Interview with Pam Axberg on Joining National YWCA USA Board
Jul 13, 2017
I became involved with YWCA Minneapolis as a volunteer for Circle of Women in 2008. I was looking for organizations that supported my passion for empowering girls and youth. Giving women a stronger individual and collective voice on important issues is a fundamental part of the YWCA mission.
YWCA Women’s Triathlon – Triathlete Q&A with Patricia Neal
Jul 11, 2017
"JUST DO IT! (Overused, but true!) You will feel so good no matter how you train or how you finish." - Patricia Neal, triathlete, on advice she would give to those considering racing.
Losing 40 Pounds with Caloric Management and Gladiator Class
Jul 10, 2017
I was about 40 pounds heavier when I first started Anthony’s Gladiator class. The watershed moment for me was when I began to understand caloric management.
Male Teachers, Role Models and Partners in Feminism at YWCA Minneapolis
Jul 6, 2017
We all know how important it is to have great caretakers and teachers for our children, but do we consider how important it is to make sure these teachers represent an array of genders and backgrounds?
The Purse Committee: “The Most Fun Committee You Will Ever Be On”
Jul 5, 2017
Many people are familiar with YWCA Minneapolis’ annual Circle of Women fundraising event, but few know about the fabulous Purse Committee that is pivotal to the event’s success. Learn more about the purse committees leaders and how they collect purses and experiences for YWCA's largest fundraiser of the year.