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.
Managing Holiday Stress with Fitness, Relaxation and Sleep
Dec 14, 2017
The holiday season is here! This means less daylight, colder temperatures, more time with friends and family, an abundance of food and a tendency to become less active. But, more importantly, life can get a lot more stressful this time of year.
Developing Future Advocates in Afterschool Programs
Dec 13, 2017
Through afterschool advocacy programming, we are working to address the gender discrimination and inequities that girls of color living in low-income households experience. The program supports girls to develop self-efficacy and leadership skills that enable them to advocate for themselves, their families and their communities.
Women’s March Minnesota Attends YWCA It’s Time to Talk Event
Dec 12, 2017
"It was very moving when YWCA leadership shared real examples of insidious racism experienced every day. It is also important to hear ideas about white peoples’ role in confronting racism."
The Magic of YWCA Midtown
Dec 7, 2017
"I wandered over to check out what was going on because, from what I could hear of the music and the laughter, it sure sounded like a place I wanted to be. I opened the door and saw a vision of what our country could be, literally dancing before me."
Meet Mahder: YWCA Minneapolis Teacher's Aide and Early Childhood Advocate
Dec 6, 2017
“When I came to the US, I worked two jobs. I never thought of college as a possibility for me.” Mahder, a teacher's aide at YWCA Minneapolis, is now working toward her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential so she can become an assistant teacher, which will be a more flexible option for her schedule.
Mor Than Expected
Nov 30, 2017
Mor is the first girl to play quarterback for the Hornbills, a flag football team in one of YWCA's afterschool programs. “I didn’t know how to play football, I was so weak at first.” She is now in her second year as quarterback, and continues to grow in self-esteem and realize her own strength.
Lisa Huey - Philanthropist and YWCA Donor
Nov 29, 2017
"My first gift to YWCA was at the Circle of Women event. I had been so touched by the speakers. My father taught me you need to leave your community a better place for your having been there. YWCA was the vehicle for me to accomplish this goal."
Parent Interview: Watching My Children Learn and Grow
Nov 28, 2017
"My 1 ½-year-old daughter is singing part of her ABCs! They are also helping to potty-train my son. I like how my children have grown and learned so much since enrolling in YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Center."
Testing Food Technology with Girls Inc.
Nov 21, 2017
“Before the food science workshop I thought food science sounded cool, but I didn’t know what it was. After I learned it was a career, I would ABSOLUTELY consider a career in food science.” - Girls Inc. program participant
Healthy Snacks from YWCA Trainers and Fitness Staff
Nov 20, 2017
What do YWCA personal trainers snack on to stay healthy and fit? Check out their quick and easy snack tips to try at home!
Why a Minneapolis Wellness Coach Chooses YWCA as Her Gym
Nov 17, 2017
"I love YWCA Minneapolis. It's different than any other gym. They are a multi-cultural organization which welcomes all races, genders and identities. I have never felt uncomfortable or judged during my membership."
Working Together to Create Anti-Bias Holiday Celebrations in Early Childhood Education
Nov 15, 2017
YWCA Children’s Center directors, teachers and staff work together to create a display of different holidays and exchanges of thoughtful ideas that are respectful to everyone. We take extra care that the holidays celebrated reflect all of our children and families.
Celebrating $1 Million Raised for YWCA Girls and Youth
Nov 13, 2017
YWCA Minneapolis recently concluded a $1 million campaign to inspire new donors and obtain multi-year gifts for YWCA Minneapolis Girls and Youth programs. Over 100 individual donors stepped forward in providing critical sustaining support.
Nov 9, 2017
Advocacy can include many different things, but at its core, advocacy simply requires that someone cares enough to step forward and take action to bring about change – something we do in small and big ways every day!
Top 10 Actions YOU Can Take to Become a YWCA Superhero
Nov 8, 2017
November 16 is Give to the Max Day, the annual day of giving in Minnesota! By donating to YWCA Minneapolis for Give to the Max Day YOU become a YWCA Superhero in support of the mission you care about: eliminating racism and empowering women.