ywca Minneapolis

Afterschool Girls & Youth Programs

Supporting School Success



Equipping Girls and Youth for the Future

Our afterschool programs equip girls and youth to be learners, leaders and creators of change so that they graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

At Minneapolis Public Schools, community centers and YWCA Minneapolis locations, professional youth workers inspire and challenge over 1,400 young people each year to achieve academic success, develop leadership skills and strengthen positive decision-making skills. Five high quality afterschool and summer programs use culturally responsive, research-based curriculum to meet the needs of youth. Youth-centered programs support youth voice, meaningful choices and active youth engagement, with secure, consistent evaluation of youth progress. YWCA Minneapolis is one of the largest providers of out-of-school-time programs in Minneapolis.


Our Afterschool Girls & Youth Programs Include:


Afterschool Youth Programs

"I'm confident, grateful to be alive, and I'm a girl."- Tigi, Girls Inc. at YWCA Minneapolis, program participant


In 2015 - 2016:

1,411 Minneapolis youth were served with 77% completing their core program.

Numerous program groups operate during the program year offering 40+ contact hours and meeting 1 - 4 times weekly over multiple weeks.

  • 63% were female
  • 95% were youth of color
  • 93% received free or reduced lunch
  • 68% were ages 10-14
  • 90% demonstrated social/emotion skills in positive peer relationships and 91% in self-management
  • 91% expressed/felt a sense of belonging in their program group and also stated they had a trusted adult they could go to for support
  • 87% demonstrated connection to learning/school
  • 97% intend to graduate high school and 95% intend to pursue post-secondary education

Girls and Youth Program Participant

"The YWCA allowed me to realize that having a consistent community in my life gave me more confidence and helped me be more successful in school."
- Laura, Girls & Youth participant, University of Minnesota Graduate


Girls and Youth Staff C.O.R.E. Competencies

To provide high-quality youth programming, we realized our staff are working from a group of implicit standards and expectations: we call them our “C.O.R.E. Competencies”. 

C.O.R.E. stands for, Caring, Open, Reflective and Engaged. YWCA Minneapolis worked with the University of Minnesota's Youth Work Learning Lab to identify eight necessary qualities for our youth development staff.

View Core Competencies