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 Inc. Eureka! Interns Dive into STEM Careers
Sep 21, 2018
Girls Inc. Eureka! interns journeyed throughout the Twin Cities this summer to get on-the-job experience through internships in civil engineering, architecture, IT, media, hydrology and environmental conservation.
We Belong to Each Other: Remembering the Lives Lost in Hurricane Maria
Sep 17, 2018
Last week, we commemorated the anniversary of two tragedies where thousands of American lives were lost: September 11 and Hurricane Maria. President and CEO, Luz María Frías discusses both of these events and the magnitude of lives lost.
How to Solve the World’s Problems with Robotics? Youth Pitch Ideas at Emerson Electric Workshop
Sep 12, 2018
Girls Inc. Eureka! youth were recently invited to an Emerson Electric company retreat, where they designed robots to solve a problem in the world and then pitched their ideas like entrepreneurs.
Participants Speak: What People Say about It’s Time to Talk
Sep 6, 2018
Each year, participants hear a powerful keynote speaker who sets the tone for the event, and then engage in conversations with their table about race and privilege, creating cultural understanding and working toward social change. Past attendees share here what it was like to participate at the event, in their own words.
Expanding Children’s Palates with Fresh Veggies and Culturally Rich Meals
Sep 5, 2018
It’s harvest season! It is a great time to talk about how we use fresh fruits and vegetables for our meals at YWCA Children’s Centers, and why we serve a menu of culturally diverse food. Read on for a curry chicken recipe and tips for how to engage your children in preparing fresh veggies at home.
Representative Fue Lee: How Afterschool Programming Inspires Youth to Be Leaders
Aug 31, 2018
Representative Fue Lee is an alumna of YWCA Beacon Learning Center at Franklin Middle School and is now the State Representative for House District 59A. Last month, Representative Fue Lee journeyed back to where it all began to visit YWCA Beacon Learning Center and shared his story with youth during the summer programming.
Violence against Women Stems from Toxic Masculinity, Not Immigration
Aug 30, 2018
YWCA Minneapolis President and CEO Luz María Frías examines how media and politicians are speaking about the murder of Mollie Tibbets and how other news stories are treated differently.
New YWCA Minneapolis Board Members Lead the Way
Aug 29, 2018
YWCA Minneapolis announces three new members joining the board of directors. Recently, YWCA Minneapolis sat down with two of our new board members to talk about why they decided to get involved and what part of the work speaks to them most.
Summer Showcase Finale at YWCA Beacon Learning Center
Aug 28, 2018
This summer, YWCA’s Beacon Learning Center held a summer youth program at Franklin Middle School. The end of the program was wrapped up with a summer showcase – a celebration for youth and their families where the youth had the opportunity to show off all their hard work from the summer.
Ready to Pair: Eureka! Youth Build 3D Printed Bluetooth Speakers
Aug 24, 2018
Girls Inc. Eureka! youth had the opportunity to participate in a 3D printing workshop at Dunwoody College. At the end, each participant walked away with a completed Bluetooth speaker designed and assembled by them.
Facilitating Courageous Conversations about Race
Aug 22, 2018
Nichole Salaam, Director of Equity and Engagement at Project for Pride in Living, recently trained as a Racial Justice Facilitator through YWCA Minneapolis. She shares some thoughts about the training and why it’s important to have brave conversations about race and injustice.
Over 1,400 Triathletes Swim, Bike, Run their Way to Athletic Goals and Beyond
Aug 15, 2018
The weather was beautiful, the energy of the crowd was buzzing and the inspiration was boundless. On Sunday, racers, volunteers and fans gathered at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis for the 11th Annual YWCA Women's Triathlon.
Learning to Swim as an Adult: Overcoming Fear or Nervousness
Aug 10, 2018
YWCA Aquatics Instructor Whitney Jelmeland sat down to answer a few questions about learning how to swim for the first time, and why it’s important to take the time to learn, even if it’s later in life.
Camp Fresh Youth Meet Mayor Frey and Propose Solutions to Community Issues
Aug 8, 2018
Camp Fresh youth ended their summer camp experience with a Community Action Project that they presented to their families and special guest, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey!
Are All Police Confrontations Equal? We Need to Question Justifications for Blevins Shooting
Aug 6, 2018
Most of the media coverage surrounding the police shooting of Thurman Blevins centers around these two factors: he had a gun and he ran. YWCA Minneapolis President and CEO Luz María Frías compares the incident to other police confrontations and raises questions about racial profiling.