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.
Equal Work to Be Done: A Conversation with Ruthie Johnson
Jan 11, 2019
Ruthie Johnson, racial justice consulting manager, leads Inc.ludeTM Diversity & Inclusion Consulting at YWCA Minneapolis, where she works with organizations who want to create more equitable workplaces and communities. On the blog, Ruthie discusses the value of diversity, how a heightened public consciousness about race has made for a steep learning curve and how there is no "instant fix."
Meet the Passionate Duo Donning Orange Ties in the Fight for Early Childhood Education
Jan 10, 2019
YWCA's Circle of Men has taken on a critical mission: to help make high-quality Early Childhood Education accessible to all through philanthropy and advocacy. Here, the co-chairs talk about passion for high-quality early learning, why they think it’s worth fighting for and the power of their signature orange ties.
Blowing Bubbles and Learning to Float: Making Swim Lessons a Part of Early Childhood Education
Jan 4, 2019
Swimming lessons are an important part of early childhood development -- they support independence, making scientific observations, building healthy practices and exhibiting self-confidence. Many of YWCA Children’s Centers offer swimming lessons to children when they are preschool age.
East African Youth Learn How to Swim, Be Active and Eat Well at YWCA
Dec 31, 2018
YWCA Minneapolis’ culturally specific Girls and Youth program, Strong Fast Fit, recently welcomed its first group of East African youth into the program. One parent said that her son never used to eat avocado or many other healthy foods. But now he does – all because he knows the value and importance that those foods bring.
2018: A Year of Driving Equity, Building Community and Sparking Change
Dec 27, 2018
In the latest blog post, our president and CEO Luz María Frías shares some of the successes and stories of 2018.
“I’ve Loved Becoming a Part of YWCA’s Volunteer Community” Q&A with Bonnie Carlson
Dec 21, 2018
Bonnie Carlson shares her experience as a YWCA volunteer: "I always wanted to get involved in the community. When Nina, the volunteer and event coordinator, came to our fitness class to share different volunteer opportunities that we could be a part of, it encouraged me to volunteer at an event and I loved it."
Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab: YWCA Families Celebrate Hmong New Year
Dec 18, 2018
Hmong New Year is an annual celebration known for the tradition of giving thanks for an abundant harvest, celebrating a year’s worth of hard work and gathering at the end of the year. Every year, Hmong International Academy celebrates the Hmong New Year with 300+ students, teachers, families and community partners. YWCA youth and families joined in to help contribute and celebrate!
YWCA Youth Get a Taste for Careers in Food Science
Dec 13, 2018
Seven professional female scientists volunteered recently with YWCA youth to help them explore the world of food science. Through playful, hands-on activities and a Q&A with the scientists, the youth learned what it means to have a career in food science -- and how they can design the food we eat!
Grateful for Teachers who Love, Teach, Encourage My Kids
Dec 11, 2018
Roseann is a parent at YWCA Children's Center at Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning. Here, she answers a few questions about her and her children's experiences at YWCA. Read more to learn what Roseann says about the "sweet-talking" teachers and fun classrooms.
Listen, Dialogue, Take Action! Diving into History to End Racism Today
Dec 7, 2018
More than 200 community members attended the first It’s Time to Act forum on Dec. 4. The event featured the award-winning scholar and writer, Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, who spoke to how knowing the history of race can inform how we can take steps to eliminate racism today.
Check Out the 2017-2018 Community Report
Dec 6, 2018
Together, we are changing the landscape for equity in Minnesota. Minnesota may be the state with as many disparities as it has lakes. In fact, we stand with some of the worst disparities in the country. But each year, YWCA Minneapolis works together with our supporters, donors, members, participants and volunteers to change that. Take a look at how we are working toward equity in Minneapolis and beyond in our community report!
Finding Accountability, Encouragement and Renewed Confidence with a YWCA Personal Trainer
Dec 6, 2018
YWCA fitness member, Sloane, shares why she first joined the gym and how personal training has helped her discover new passions, keep her accountable and push her limits.
Playdough, Crayons, Books and Blocks: Imagining a Future Where Early Childhood Education is Accessible for AllPlaydough, Crayons, Books and Blocks: Imagining a Future Where Early Childhood Education is Accessible for AllNov 28, 2018
Walk into a preschool classroom again, and there is a chance you’ll feel a sweet nostalgia of stepping into a child-sized world. Each day, there is a child who learns how to tie their shoes or make a friend. These are fundamental early lessons, but they are not a given.
Top 4 Ways to Stay Healthy this Winter
Nov 26, 2018
Shorter days, longer nights. With the winter months come many challenges and opportunities for those looking to stay healthy throughout, especially during the holidays. Here are four things you can do to keep yourself in tip-top shape!
Build Your Endurance with Spin Classes
Nov 20, 2018
Most of us are reluctant to take our training inside for the winter, especially on the bike. But, there are gains to be made by attending spin classes during the off-season! Learn more about the benefits of adding spin classes to your workout schedule.