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.
5 Reasons Working Out With Friends Helps You Both
Feb 17, 2017
Having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning? Looking for that extra push to finish that last mile of your run? Interested in trying a new experience to create a new spark in your life? The answer to these questions might be easier to find than you think. Take a look below at five reasons why working out with friends helps you get more out of your daily routine.
Special Breakfast to Support New Americans in YWCA Children’s Centers
Feb 17, 2017
In February, the YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Center at Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning hosted a special breakfast to support the many refugee, new American and Muslim families they serve. This was in response to an inspired blog post from YWCA Minneapolis President and CEO, Luz María Frías, which talked about supporting our Muslim neighbors during the current political environment.
Past YWCA Girls RAP Participant Leads YWCA Workshop 22 Years Later
Feb 15, 2017
Denisha Flournay, Past YWCA Girls RAP Participant, shares her story - from YWCA afterschool youth program, to women's advocate, and now electrician (she is the first African American woman in her Electrical Union).
Tradeswomen Demonstrate Non-traditional Career Paths at Power Girls! Workshop
Feb 10, 2017
On Saturday, January 28, middle school girls attending Girls Inc. at YWCA Minneapolis programs went to Dunwoody Technical College for a fun-filled day learning about non-traditional career paths for women in the trades at a Power Girls! workshop. Power Girls! is a partnership between Construction Careers Foundation and YWCA Minneapolis.
February is Heart Health Month, but YWCA Minneapolis Child Care Classrooms are Moving All the Time!
Feb 9, 2017
Even though February is Heart Health Month, YWCA Minneapolis has a year-round focus on physical activity for children. We work with both children and families to support healthy eating and physically active lifestyles.
Stand in Solidarity with Our Neighbors
Feb 7, 2017
“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…”
Laughter and a “Donut Mile” During My Year in the YWCA Endurance Sports Club
Feb 6, 2017
Last year was my first year on the YWCA Endurance Sports Club. I started off feeling nervous, inadequate and overwhelmed. I ended the year with new friends, great stories, laughter, accomplishment and covered in sugar. Success!
Girls Inc. Behind-the-Scenes Writing Science-Based Scripts for TV
Jan 31, 2017
Over Winter Break Girls Inc. Eureka! had an opportunity to attend a scriptwriting workshop focused on integrating scientific concepts. After learning about the career path of a puppet builder, wrangler and writer who works on Sesame Street, they wrote and presented scripts they created based on science.
Advocating for Minnesota Children
Jan 30, 2017
I am proud to be part of a group of people dedicated to advocating for early childhood professionals, children and families. The CARE Fellowship has allowed me an outlet to re-energize and see advocacy as a way to open doors to new partnerships and creative solutions.
Former High School Runner a “Reborn Athlete” in YWCA Endurance Sports Club
Jan 27, 2017
If you would have told my 17-year-old, burned-out-on-running, high-school-track-team drop-out self that I would be competing at age 47, I would have thought you were nuts. Thirty years later I’m doing exactly that as a member of the YWCA Minneapolis Endurance Sports Club. I would encourage YWCA Minneapolis members looking for a community of supportive endurance athletes of any ability or age to join us for a workout. You may find a reborn athlete inside of you like I certainly did.
Early Childhood Education Parent Interview
Jan 19, 2017
As a working mother, child care was something that was of the highest priority to me. I cannot say enough about the professionalism and abilities of the Early Childhood Education staff. A large portion of why we chose YWCA Minneapolis was to have our child not only experience diversity in the classroom families, but also in the staff. Learn more about Jackie Brown's experience as a parent of a child in our Early Childhood Education program.
Join YWCA Minneapolis at Women’s March Minnesota
Jan 12, 2017
YWCA Minneapolis is partnering with YWCA St. Paul and other organizations to participate in Women’s March Minnesota, which is among about 100 rallies taking place across the country and internationally on Saturday, January 21. It is an inclusive, non-partisan family event. We invite you to support YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women by marching with YWCA Minneapolis at Women's March Minnesota.
GenYWCA and U of M Developing Women in Leadership Event
Jan 11, 2017
Join us at our next GenYWCA Event: Developing Women in Leadership, a panel discussion of leaders who believe that the empowerment of women and girls is critical to the success of our communities and businesses.
YWCA Minneapolis 2017 Public Policy Priorities
Jan 9, 2017
What does the 2017 legislative session look like in Minnesota? How does YWCA Minneapolis work with community members and state government? Learn more about YWCA's public policy agenda and how you can work directly with your local representatives to create positive change in your community.
With You in Her Corner, She Will Succeed: Girls Inc. Volunteer Stories
Jan 4, 2017
Girls Inc. volunteers build strong relationships with youth and provide invaluable support to our Girls Inc. staff. Today we highlight two volunteers from our Girls Inc. Afterschool Program: Kim Medin and Jenna Nypan.