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.
Who is on the Ballot? Get Ready for the Upcoming Primary Election
Jul 16, 2018
Have you ever wished for a greater pool of political candidates from which to choose? If you have, then this may be the election year for you! With an open governor’s race and Minnesota’s entire federal delegation on the ballot, there will be no shortage of candidates to choose from.
Crossing the Finish Line, Ready to Race Again Next Year
Jul 13, 2018
Although Kim has competed in all 10 races, she confesses it doesn’t come without self-doubt. Those feelings diminish when she arrives at Lake Nokomis, sees the sea of YWCA orange and soaks in the atmosphere: "Everyone is so supportive – the staff, the volunteers, the athletes and the fans.”
YWCA Families Explore New Worlds at Minnesota Children's Museum
Jul 11, 2018
Minnesota Children’s Museum offered YWCA Children’s Center families a free night at the museum. They had the whole place to themselves to explore, play and learn! Watch the video story to see the fun in action!
The Power to Choose My Own Future
Jul 10, 2018
Louise, a Girls Inc. participant at YWCA Minneapolis, shares her experience with YWCA Minneapolis and how it has helped her to make her own decisions and choose her own path.
10 Year YWCA Women's Triathlon Participant on the Power of Community
Jul 6, 2018
Meg has been participating in YWCA Women's Triathlon for 10 years. She says each summer she looks forward to "the best day of the year" on race day!
YWCA Minneapolis Celebrated as Minnesota Lynx Nonprofit of the Game
Jul 5, 2018
YWCA Minneapolis was honored as Minnesota Lynx’s Nonprofit of the Game on the June 29 home game, where the Minnesota Lynx played (and won!) against the Atlanta Dream.
Inspiring and Empowering Women: A Shared Mission
Jun 28, 2018
St. Catherine University President, Becky Roloff tells the story of her journey with YWCA Women's Triathlon and how St. Kate's and YWCA partner in a shared mission.
Fundraising in YWCA Women’s Triathlon: A Lifelong Gift to Yourself and Others
Jun 25, 2018
Susan is a triathlete, community leader and big-time champion for YWCA Minneapolis. What she loves about the YWCA Women’s Triathlon fundraising team is the full circle it makes to support and elevate YWCA's mission. Read more about Susan’s story.
Turning Anger into Action: Standing up for Immigrant Families
Jun 22, 2018
YWCA Vice President of Racial Justice and Public Policy Rubén Vázquez shares his story about how he turned anger into action and encourages others to do the same.
New Possibilities for the Youngest of Graduates
Jun 21, 2018
With the end of the school year arriving, many of us have the honor of participating in graduations of all kinds. Here at YWCA Minneapolis, our Early Childhood Education program celebrates the graduation of the preschool children we have had the pleasure of introducing to an educational setting.
Building a Ladder from the Classroom to the Future
Jun 19, 2018
In 2017, Rainbow Research completed a survey of 210 YWCA Minneapolis Girls and Youth program alumni. The study looked for indicators of the youths' well-being and success. Read on to learn why one alumna says, "I gained more confidence. I learned to speak out more and share my opinion."
A Race for All Ages: Triathlete Judy Rykken Solos in 80+ Age Class
Jun 14, 2018
Judy Rykken will turn 80 years old just before the next YWCA Women’s Triathlon and she’s ready to race. As the oldest participant, she’ll be in a class of her own for ages 80+. “It's such a positive race that you almost feel like you're lifted off the ground,” says Judy.
La'Kisha Hollmon-Griffin Selected for Esther Tomljanovich Recognition Award
Jun 12, 2018
La’Kisha Hollmon-Griffin is someone with a calm and steady presence. It’s one of the reasons why she’s so great with teens – you get the feeling that nothing could shake her. Recently, La'Kisha was awarded for her work with girls.
Learning about Friendship, Empathy and Appreciating the Diversity of Others at YWCA
Jun 11, 2018
Max and Mary are grandparents of James and Rose, who both attended YWCA Minneapolis Child Care before entering kindergarten. Here they share what they appreciated about the Early Childhood Education at YWCA.
Tips to Improve Running Stamina and Prevent Injuries
Jun 8, 2018
Are you a new runner with some questions about how to get started? Or are you more experienced with a training question about how to get faster? Dan Vogel, a nine-time marathoner and former cross country and track coach, has advice for some common running conundrums.