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.
Thanks to YWCA, My Son Will Be Ready For Kindergarten
May 24, 2018
Bereket G. is the parent of two children, eight-year-old Henok and four-year-old Alen. Bereket shares why his son attends YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Center at Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning and the impact it has had on his family.
Girls Inc. Week 2018: The Importance of Mental Health Awareness
May 22, 2018
This year, Girls Inc. Week was dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of mental health and eradicating the stigma around mental illness. Youth participated in activities that focused on supporting positive mental health.
Running with Strollers: Tips for Beginners
May 18, 2018
Keeping up with your regular running routine can be a challenge if you have little ones. For new moms and dads out there, we talked with Nicole Hessels, Vice President of Health and Wellness (and mom of two boys under the age of five), for some helpful tips.
Remembering Historical Trauma to Create a Better Future
May 17, 2018
May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of the cultures, traditions and history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
The Strong Women Support Group: Lifting Weights and Building Community
May 16, 2018
If you attend Andrew’s Friday morning Boot Camp class, you’ll meet the spirited members of the Strong Women Support Group, a group of fitness members who have been working out, supporting each other and sharing life’s ups and downs for years.
How Powerful I Can Be
May 15, 2018
Ricki is a high schooler, crocheter and avid reader who dreams of becoming a pediatrician or lawyer. She has been a participant in the Girls Resolution and Prevention (RAP) program since she was 13 years old. Read on to hear why Ricki says, "the support of someone caring about me made me feel powerful."
Breaking Down Barriers and Sharing the Power: Kim Nelson Receives Inaugural “Woman of Power” Award
May 14, 2018
The YWCA Circle of Women committee selected Kim Nelson for the inaugural “Woman of Power” award for her distinguished and influential leadership, both in her career and community work.
“Most Welcoming Race” – Why I Continue to Compete in YWCA Women’s Triathlon
May 11, 2018
YWCA Minneapolis Triathlete Liz Winslow answered a few questions about her experience in the YWCA Women’s Triathlon and shares why she says it's the "most welcoming" race.
5 Healthy Eating Tips with YWCA Minneapolis Dietitian Katie Gilder
May 9, 2018
With so many mixed messages about eating well, how do you know what advice is best for you? YWCA Minneapolis Dietitian Katie Gilder answers some questions about diet and nutrition to help you begin your path toward better health, higher energy and improved quality of life.
Thank You, Teachers! YWCA Minneapolis Celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8, 2018
National Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week in May of each year. We cannot possibly express how much we appreciate our early childhood teachers and staff in just one week, but we will try to fit in as much celebration and gratitude as possible!
Girls Inc. Youth Create PSAs to Challenge Bias in Schools
May 7, 2018
YWCA Minneapolis Girls Inc. youth recently created public service announcements to challenge bias and discrimination in their schools. They produced their own videos with crucial messages for everyone today.
Well-Balanced Curriculum and Positive Environment Helped My Daughter Find Her Stride
May 2, 2018
Parent Wade Jackson describes how his daughter found her stride after enrolling in YWCA Minneapolis Children's Center. He gives a lot of credit to the Center and its positive environment. Read on to learn more about Wade's family and their experience at YWCA.
The Rundown on TRX with Trainer Laurie Goudreault
Apr 30, 2018
TRX stands for Total Resistance Exercise, a form of workout that can help you develop good core strength, balance and agility. Learn more about TRX and its benefits from YWCA Personal Trainer, Laurie Goudreault.
Take a Stand Against Racism in 2018
Apr 26, 2018
From April 26 - 29, YWCA Minneapolis is taking the Stand Against Racism, a campaign of YWCA USA to raise awareness about the negative impact of racism in our communities. We ask that you join us as we answer the question – Why do I stand against racism?
Fourth and Fifth Graders Create Quilt for an End to Gun Violence
Apr 24, 2018
Girls Inc. youth designed a community action project about gun violence, an activity that helped empower youth to think critically about issues in their community and respond in creative ways.