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.
My Experience in “Hidden Gem” Hot Yoga Classes at YWCA Uptown
Mar 24, 2017
From the first class I was smitten. I'm especially grateful for these hot yoga classes as a true mind/body solution to concerns I might have about my life and aging process. Do your internal and external self a favor, try a hot yoga class- and be prepared to sweat!
How to Influence Meaningful Political Change
Mar 24, 2017
Now more than ever, people are eager to know the best ways communicate with lawmakers and have their voices when the government is considering new policies. Here are a few simple tips on how to connect with those who represent you in our government.
March is National Reading Month: Tips on Supporting Child Reading Success
Mar 23, 2017
Literacy development in young children is a key indicator of future educational and life success. Check out these four tips from our Early Childhood Education director at YWCA Midtown on how you can support your child's reading success.
Women of Color Leading Change
Mar 21, 2017
This year, the YWCA Stand Against Racism campaign is focused on Women of Color Leading Change. Because women, and especially women of color, are underrepresented in leadership positions throughout our society, it is imperative that we continue to support women and women of color leaders.
YWCA Minneapolis Children, Parents and Staff March for Women's Equality
Mar 10, 2017
On March 8, more than 400 children, teachers, staff and parents marched at four of the YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Centers to recognize the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system. The march coincided with International Women's Day and A Day Without A Woman.
Lights, Camera, Action! YWCA Girls Inc. Encourages Media Literacy
Mar 9, 2017
YWCA Girls Inc. led a Media Literacy course to encourage girls to analyze and deconstruct media messages. They took a tour of TPT-Twin Cities PBS Studio and spoke with news anchors and producers. They finished by performing roles on screen and as camera operators for their very own Public Service Announcement (PSA) on cyber bullying!
YWCA Minneapolis Hosts Hidden Figures Movie Night at AMC Theatres
Mar 2, 2017
YWCA Minneapolis partnered with 3M, AMC Theatres and Capella University to host a private screening of Hidden Figures for YWCA Girls and Youth program participants, their families and community partners. A panel discussion on women in STEM fields followed the screening, where youth could ask questions about careers in STEM.
Lessons Learned from the Silent Generation
Feb 28, 2017
I can’t speak for other families and their experience with this generation but in my family, there were great values that were taught to me that I rarely reflected upon until now. Sometimes it takes a loss to remember what you have. If you have the opportunity to connect with a member of the Silent Generation, I encourage you to have a conversation. You may find yourself reflecting on things you too have forgotten.
5 Reasons Working Out With Friends Helps You Both
Feb 17, 2017
Having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning? Looking for that extra push to finish that last mile of your run? Interested in trying a new experience to create a new spark in your life? The answer to these questions might be easier to find than you think. Take a look below at five reasons why working out with friends helps you get more out of your daily routine.
Special Breakfast to Support New Americans in YWCA Children’s Centers
Feb 17, 2017
In February, the YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Center at Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning hosted a special breakfast to support the many refugee, new American and Muslim families they serve. This was in response to an inspired blog post from YWCA Minneapolis President and CEO, Luz María Frías, which talked about supporting our Muslim neighbors during the current political environment.
Past YWCA Girls RAP Participant Leads YWCA Workshop 22 Years Later
Feb 15, 2017
Denisha Flournay, Past YWCA Girls RAP Participant, shares her story - from YWCA afterschool youth program, to women's advocate, and now electrician (she is the first African American woman in her Electrical Union).
Tradeswomen Demonstrate Non-traditional Career Paths at Power Girls! Workshop
Feb 10, 2017
On Saturday, January 28, middle school girls attending Girls Inc. at YWCA Minneapolis programs went to Dunwoody Technical College for a fun-filled day learning about non-traditional career paths for women in the trades at a Power Girls! workshop. Power Girls! is a partnership between Construction Careers Foundation and YWCA Minneapolis.
February is Heart Health Month, but YWCA Minneapolis Child Care Classrooms are Moving All the Time!
Feb 9, 2017
Even though February is Heart Health Month, YWCA Minneapolis has a year-round focus on physical activity for children. We work with both children and families to support healthy eating and physically active lifestyles.
Stand in Solidarity with Our Neighbors
Feb 7, 2017
“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…”
Laughter and a “Donut Mile” During My Year in the YWCA Endurance Sports Club
Feb 6, 2017
Last year was my first year on the YWCA Endurance Sports Club. I started off feeling nervous, inadequate and overwhelmed. I ended the year with new friends, great stories, laughter, accomplishment and covered in sugar. Success!