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 Graduates Continue Education at Leadership Retreat
Oct 20, 2017
For the third consecutive year, YWCA received a generous donation to purchase 50 backpacks and schools supplies for participants in the Eureka and Girls RAP programs. Girls Rap recently hosted a retreat for graduates to continue building skills and motivation for positive life choices.
Meet Tajae: a Participant in YWCA's Teacher Workforce Development Program
Oct 11, 2017
“I didn’t have any help. I had to do everything myself, and I was so lost. What I love about this program is there are resources for me, and they take me step by step until the end to get my Child Development Associate (CDA).”
Parent Interview: Teachers Provide Individual Attention and Care
Oct 9, 2017
My son started at an in-home daycare as I was VERY nervous about a center. I didn’t think my child would get the “individualized attention” I thought he deserved. I was completely blown away after just one week at YWCA Minneapolis Children's Center at Ecolab.
Lights on Afterschool at YWCA Minneapolis
Oct 6, 2017
On Thursday, October 26 YWCA Minneapolis Girls and Youth Department will celebrate our 4thAnnual Lights On Afterschool event. We will join over 1 million youth program advocates across the country in educating our communities about the importance of out-of-school time programming.
Staying Healthy and Active on Child Health Day
Oct 2, 2017
Child Health Day is nationally recognized as a day to raise awareness about ways to help all children stay healthy and safe so they are ready to play and learn, both at home and at school. Here are some key ways parents and early childhood educators can work together to create healthier learning environments for all children.
What Does an Early Childhood Education Specialist at YWCA Minneapolis Do?
Sep 27, 2017
YWCA’s goal is for every child to be ready for Kindergarten when they leave our Early Childhood Education program and go on to the next step of their educational journey.
Strengthen Your Community with Your Vote and Voice
Sep 26, 2017
Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration or aren’t sure how to register. Learn more about voter registration today on National Voter Registration Day!
Volunteers Support Community Event Success
Sep 25, 2017
"I love volunteering at the Women’s Tri to support my friends who are racing and my YWCA community."
Respect, Safety and Dignity for All on International Day of Peace
Sep 21, 2017
Observed across the world on September 21, the International Day of Peace is intended to remind us of the millions of people around the world who are forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.
Girls Inc. STEM Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together
Sep 14, 2017
Girls Inc. at YWCA Minneapolis participated in the eighth annual STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair. STEM Day featured over 30 participants who shared hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations including robots, rocketry, computer coding, astronomy and animals.
The Almost-Perfect Triathlon Experience
Sep 12, 2017
"As we gathered on the beach before race start, and the anthem played, I looked at all the women there, seeing females of all ages, races, sizes and abilities. I cried tears of joy as I thought about my own journey and what the stories of the others might be."
Healthy Carrot Fries Recipe from YWCA Children's Center Kitchen
Sep 7, 2017
At YWCA Early Childhood Education programs we are committed to building positive food and fitness habits early. A favorite snack among the children in our centers is carrot fries with yogurt dip! Get the recipe here.
Firsthand Experience with the System of Racism
Sep 5, 2017
"I was five years old the first time I was called the 'N' word. I was eight years old when a classmate told me my skin was 'gross looking'. By the time I was in high school I began to understand that racism is deeper and more complex than what I was noticing and feeling for myself."
YWCA Early Childhood Education Specialists Partner with Families as a Whole
Aug 30, 2017
"Early Childhood Education (ECE) specialists provide additional expertise and an outside perspective to give teachers extra support in implementing the best environment. I believe that we truly are a partner in each child’s education."
Triathlete Stories from YWCA Women’s Triathlon
Aug 28, 2017
Every triathlete has a story of how and why they choose this year to make it across the finish line. Here are a few stories from actual racers on their race experiences at the 2017 YWCA Women's Triathlon.