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Girls Inc.

Delivering Life-Changing Programs for Girls

About Girls Inc.

YWCA Minneapolis is a member organization of Girls Incorporated. Through Girls Inc., girls take risks, discover and grow their inherent strengths, learn to value themselves and create long-lasting mentorship relationships in a pro-girl environment.

Through this affiliation with Girls Inc., YWCA offers research-based curriculum delivered by trained professionals to equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This programming helps girls traverse complex gender, economic and social barriers to find success.

Participants gain opportunities to learn new skills, make positive connections to peers and adults, contribute to society and believe in their ability to create the best possible future for themselves.

Out-of-School Time Program

The Girls Inc. Out-of-School Time Program is available to girls in grades 4 – 8 in the Minneapolis Public Schools and at YWCA Minneapolis. This multifaceted program helps prepare young women for academic and professional success by addressing four essential learning goals:

  • Academic success in science and math
  • Economic literacy
  • Leadership development
  • Healthy decision-making

Currently, Girls Inc. Out-of-School Time Program is only available at selected school sites. You can view our school partners list below along with what age group we are working with at the school. We will be adding more schools later in the year so continue to check updates on this page or email us at girlsinc@ywcampls.org.

Our school partners:

  • Anthony Middle School – Grades 6 – 8
  • Ella Baker – Grades 4 – 5

Eureka! Program

Girls Inc. Eureka! is a five-year summer and school-year program for girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. In partnership with the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, the Eureka! program builds sisterhood with girls from all over the Twin Cities — exploring their career interests and dreams while supporting them through high school graduation and preparing them for the next steps in their post-secondary education.

Girls Resolution and Prevention (RAP)

Girls RAP is an intervention program that works with 125 girls each year, ages 12 through 18, who are involved (or at risk of becoming involved) in the juvenile justice system. Through this program, we help participants resolve their offense and stay out of the criminal justice system by building skills and motivation for positive life choices, as well as healthy relationships with peers and adults.

Girls RAP participants complete an intensive 12-week intervention program and receive 12 months of aftercare support from RAP youth counselors. Girls who complete the program show an increased understanding of the impact and consequences of their behaviors — as well as learned alternatives for expressing and managing anger, fear and other emotions.

Thanks to Girls RAP, girls across Minneapolis are empowered with the strength, support and knowledge needed to make more responsible choices and achieve social, emotional, educational and physical well-being.

For more information on the Girls RAP program and how it’s supporting young women across the city, please call 612-215-4123.

Learn More

To learn more about YWCA Minneapolis Girls Inc. programs, please contact girlsinc@ywcampls.org.

2021-2022 Girls Inc. Afterschool Sites

Brooklyn Center Community School
Jefferson Community School
Andersen United Middle School
Anthony Middle School
Anwatin Middle School
Northeast Middle School
Sanford Middle School
Justice Page Middle School