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.
Preparing Children for Kindergarten with MacPhail Music Programming
Mar 20, 2018
YWCA Minneapolis Early Childhood Education partners with McPhail Center for Music, a local nonprofit that transforms lives and communities through exceptional music learning for all ages, to provide access to high-quality music classes for YWCA children.
Checklist: Preparing Your Bike for Spring Riding
Mar 19, 2018
The snow has finally (mostly) melted, spring is around the corner and you are ready to take your training outside! But is your bike ready? Read tips from a local expert!
Two Local Moms’ Grassroots Effort to Start a Community Conversation on Race
Mar 15, 2018
Renita Fisher and Rose Judkins were compelled to host a community dialogue on race after witnessing how their teenage sons were processing police shootings locally and nationally and fear for their sons who are growing into young adulthood.
Meet Karen: YWCA Fitness Member Turned Dessa Music Video Dancer
Mar 12, 2018
"I first saw Dessa in 2013. I would not have believed you if you told me that five years later I would have the opportunity to dance in her music video. I was totally amazed."
Eureka! Students Discover the Power of Networking
Mar 8, 2018
Professional networking might be a foreign concept for most high school students, but those in the YWCA Minneapolis’ Girls Inc. Eureka! Program learned it is as easy as saying hello and offering a handshake. Last week, a group of high school students from the program came together to get real-life practice and demystify the process.
Spark Plugs and Blow Torches: All Possible in a Girls Inc. World
Mar 5, 2018
Girls Inc. knows that hands on experiences from women leaders encourage girls to follow their career dreams and resist gender stereotypes.
YWCA Silver and Fit Member goes from Pre-Diabetic to Excellent Health
Feb 22, 2018
"When I retired, I was pre-diabetic. Since coming to YWCA Midtown three times a week most weeks, I lost 50 pounds. I am no longer pre-diabetic and am in “excellent health” according to my physician."
Free Fitness Membership Encourages Healthy Habits with YWCA Early Childhood Education
Feb 21, 2018
Habits….we all have them. Some are bad and some are good. Here we talk with two YWCA early childhood education parents on how they build healthy fitness habits with their YWCA fitness membership (free for all newly enrolled families!).
6 Tips for Triathlon Race Prep: 6 Months Out
Feb 19, 2018
YWCA Women’s Triathlon is less than six months away! While most triathlon training plans recommend 12 weeks to prepare for a sprint-distance race, it’s never too early to start planning your race season and training strategy.
#StrengthInUs: Five Ways to Encourage Inclusion with your Kids or Family
Feb 16, 2018
Come together. Create change. YWCA Minneapolis is sharing ways you can encourage diversity and inclusion with your kids or family.
#StrengthInUs: Five Ways to Encourage Inclusion in Your Workplace
Feb 1, 2018
What does the decision-making team look like in your office? Does it benefit from a wide variety of perspectives and viewpoints from those of diverse backgrounds and experiences? This month, we encourage you to take a look at social justice at all levels, specifically in your workplace.
YWCA Minneapolis Explores Kid Invention Day
Jan 30, 2018
"During Kid Inventors Day, our class talked about the importance of persistence. We looked at examples of inventions that did not immediately work, but through the persistence of the inventors a useful product was created."
#StrengthInUs: Five Ways to Encourage Inclusion in Your Community in 2018
Jan 15, 2018
We are stronger as one, which is why YWCA Minneapolis is sharing ways you can encourage diversity and inclusion in your community! Show how you're committing to inclusion this #MLKDay and every day by using the hashtag #StrengthInUs.
YWCA Fitness Member Takes Charge of Her Health
Jan 9, 2018
"I never thought I’d be in a Gladiator class! I found myself staring down medicine balls and ‘the tank,’ wondering what the heck I just got into. I let myself try it."
Strong Fast Fit adds Family Health Coaching
Dec 28, 2017
This summer YWCA added a new element and pilot project in the Strong Fast Fit Latino program with YWCA Minneapolis - health coaching for families!