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.
Playing YWCA Fitness Bingo and Discovering New Ways to Improve My Health
Nov 9, 2018
"Fitness Bingo motivated me to step outside of my boring workout routine, which was mostly doing the elliptical trainer or walking on the treadmill. I tried both new activities and things that I had not done in years..." In this blog, Fred writes about his fitness journey and how playing Fitness Bingo at YWCA pushed him to try new things!
Future State Senator? Future Brain Surgeon? Support a child’s future on #GTMD18!
Nov 8, 2018
Give to the Max Day, an annual day of giving in Minnesota which raises millions of dollars for charities and nonprofits each year is Thursday, November 15! This year, all Give to the Max Day donations go toward scholarships for children, which help make our early learning programs accessible to all.
Meet Ahara: Curious, Science-Minded and Eager to Learn
Nov 7, 2018
Ahara is a bright, happy four-year-old preschooler at YWCA Children’s Center located inside the busy community education building, Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning. Over the past few years, YWCA Children’s Center has helped Ahara learn social skills, piqued her interest in reading and helped prepare her for living in a diverse community.
Diverse, Mission-Focused Classrooms and a Wonderful Environment for My Family
Nov 2, 2018
Justice Strong is a parent of two children at YWCA Children’s Center at Midtown. In this blog, she describes her experience as a parent and how her children benefit from YWCA’s early learning programs: "Since both my children started to attend, they are extremely excited to get up and go to school every day."
It's Time to Talk Sparks Brave Conversations about Race, Identity and Taking Action Every Day
Oct 30, 2018
On October 25, over 1,000 community members gathered together in the spirit of compassion, curiosity and solidarity to have brave conversations about race and racism at It's Time to Talk: Forums on RaceTM. This year’s keynote address featured the captivating, Caroline Wanga, who spoke to her own personal formula for activism and the worth of each person’s lived experience. “Who you are is non-negotiable,” said Caroline.
Creating Momentum for Children’s Success
Oct 26, 2018
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation is a private family foundation created by Mr. Dick Schulze, founder of Best Buy. To encourage the Twin Cities community to invest in the next generation of Minnesotans, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has offered generous support in the form of a scholarship challenge grant. Read on to learn more.
YWCA Youth Discuss Solutions to Gender-Based Violence
Oct 23, 2018
Last month, the Biden Foundation’s Youth LEADS group came to Minnesota to facilitate a listening session with YWCA youth about dating violence. The goal was to engage in open conversations with youth to identify trends, barriers and gaps in their community that perpetuates cycles of violence.
How to Prepare for It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race
Oct 22, 2018
Each year, over 1,000 diverse leaders come together to move Minnesota forward through honest conversations about race at our signature event, It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race. If you are joining us this year, here are four ways to prepare – mentally and emotionally – to get the most out of the event.
The Gentle Movements, Deep Breaths and Supportive Community of YWCA MS Yoga
Oct 16, 2018
Ask participants why they've been coming to MS Yoga for so long, and you'll get a mix of answers. For one participant, it's the slow, soothing movements that help them feel more flexible. For another, it's the community and seeing the same welcoming faces each week.
Facing My Own Personal Truths at It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race
Oct 12, 2018
Beth Smits joined the YWCA Minneapolis board of directors in 2016 and serves as the committee chair for YWCA’s signature event, It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race, which helps to break through the barriers that perpetuate racism. Here she shares how It’s Time to Talk has helped inspire her to learn and do more.
Playground Gardens, Making Slime and Fun-Filled Field Trips at YWCA
Oct 10, 2018
As children are settling into their school routines, the fun of summertime is becoming more like a dream, with fading memories of sun and warmth. But many children will remember the exciting adventures they had at YWCA Summer Kids Camp, a new program offered this past summer!
Changing the World One Reader at a Time
Oct 5, 2018
Children who are strong readers by the end of third grade are positioned to be strong learners for the rest of their lives. Learn more about how Minnesota Reading Corps members help children at YWCA learn how to read with lessons that are evidence-based... and fun!
A Persistent Advocate: Pushing toward More Nuanced, Authentic Conversations for Racial Justice
Oct 4, 2018
Deqa Sayid joined the YWCA Minneapolis team earlier this year as the racial justice training coordinator. Read on to read more about Deqa's story and what led her to racial justice work at YWCA.
More than Just a Number: The Benefits of a Styku Body Assessment
Sep 28, 2018
In this Q&A, Syku is demystified for members who have considered giving it a try. Read on to learn more about Styku, the new body assessment tool!
Straight into College: YWCA Girls RAP Youth Get Inspired at Leadership Retreat
Sep 26, 2018
YWCA’s Girls Resolution and Prevention program collaborated with the University of Minnesota, Mankato for its annual Leadership Retreat, where they learned about preparing for college, professional leadership, identity and empowerment.