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.
My YWCA Volunteer Story as a Racial Justice Facilitator
Apr 28, 2017
I attended YWCA's event It’s Time to Talk: Forums on RaceTM, saw a racial justice facilitator leading our group in dialogue around race, and I was like “I want to do that!” So I contacted them about becoming a facilitator, attended the training sessions and I’ve been loving it ever since.
#MomsWhoTri: Healthy Moms Create Healthy Families
Apr 27, 2017
The YWCA Women’s Triathlon has been around for 10 years. Fitness instructor, mom of two and triathlete Brooke Darst Rice has been there since the very beginning.
“I was already doing triathlons regularly when YWCA started their Women’s Tri ... and there was no way I was going to miss that — not one year, not one time,” she says.
YWCA Stand Against Racism 2017 – Women of Color Leading Change
Apr 27, 2017
Tiffini Flynn Forslund and Eva Shoshana Goodman, two incredible women of color leading change in our community, share their experiences participating in the CARE Fellowship, advocating for families living in low-income households and families of color, and fighting for racial equity.
Supporting My Community by Volunteering at YWCA
Apr 26, 2017
My day-to-day life is generally working with adults age 60 and above as a speech therapist, going home and binge-watching Netflix (which is lovely), but it’s nice some nights to do something different and break up your routine. Volunteering at YWCA Minneapolis is my way to be a part of the community.
Carol’s YWCA Volunteer Story – Volunteering at Fundraising and Fitness Events
Apr 24, 2017
The spark of volunteering at YWCA really began when I participated in Endurance Sports. When I couldn’t do the Endurance Sports anymore YWCA asked me if I would be interested in volunteering. I’ve always been an advocate for this organization so it was an opportunity to do something to support them.
Member Appreciation Week – Don’t forget to register for the grand prize!
Apr 20, 2017
We appreciate you, fitness members. Member Appreciation Week wraps up on April 23 - make sure to register for the grand prize drawing to win a $250 Southwest Airlines voucher!
YWCA Celebrates Week of the Young Child
Apr 19, 2017
On April 24 – 28, YWCA Minneapolis Early Learning Centers will join children from across the country in celebrating NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child. This week is a time to plan how we – as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation – will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.
Should I Keep a Gym Membership in the Spring and Summer?
Apr 18, 2017
I get it. Snow has melted, temperatures are rising, days are longer, and you’re itching to take your workouts back outside. Here are a few reasons why continuing to use your gym membership during the spring and summer months is a good thing.
Be the Change with YWCA Programs
Apr 4, 2017
My entire career has been focused on improving efficiencies by connecting the right people together. I put my people skills to work and recently volunteered at a Girls Inc. Eureka! “speed networking” youth event with approximately 30 girls.
Women's History: 125 Years at YWCA Minneapolis
Mar 28, 2017
YWCA Minneapolis is celebrating its 125th anniversary of strengthening communities with social justice programs that work towards the health and empowerment of women and girls. Here is a sampling of some historic events that have happened at YWCA Minneapolis over the last 125 years (photos included!).
Cantus Concerts Featuring YWCA Minneapolis Social Justice Mission
Mar 27, 2017
During their performances in upcoming concert series, the Cantus Vocal Ensemble will include a video message featuring YWCA Minneapolis racial justice facilitators and employees discussing their experience with women’s rights, race rights and LGBT rights in our community. There will also be a post-performance discussion with YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice facilitators to empower the audience to make a difference.
My Experience in “Hidden Gem” Hot Yoga Classes at YWCA Uptown
Mar 24, 2017
From the first class I was smitten. I'm especially grateful for these hot yoga classes as a true mind/body solution to concerns I might have about my life and aging process. Do your internal and external self a favor, try a hot yoga class- and be prepared to sweat!
How to Influence Meaningful Political Change
Mar 24, 2017
Now more than ever, people are eager to know the best ways communicate with lawmakers and have their voices when the government is considering new policies. Here are a few simple tips on how to connect with those who represent you in our government.
March is National Reading Month: Tips on Supporting Child Reading Success
Mar 23, 2017
Literacy development in young children is a key indicator of future educational and life success. Check out these four tips from our Early Childhood Education director at YWCA Midtown on how you can support your child's reading success.
Women of Color Leading Change
Mar 21, 2017
This year, the YWCA Stand Against Racism campaign is focused on Women of Color Leading Change. Because women, and especially women of color, are underrepresented in leadership positions throughout our society, it is imperative that we continue to support women and women of color leaders.