Girls & Youth

Supporting school success

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

Equipping 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.

In 2014-15

  • 83% of youth, ages 6-18, demonstrated improvement in academic success, positive social/emotional development, leadership skills or physical health.
  • 96% of youth stated it was important to them to graduate high school and 94% stated it was important to them to pursue post-secondary education.
  • 86% of youth demonstrated acceptable standards of school attendance

By the numbers:

  • 1,435 youth served in five out-of-school time programs
  • 97% of participating youth lived in low-income households
  • 66% were between 10-14 years old
  • 98% were youth of color
  • 40+ hours contact time of research-based proven curricula delivered by professional youth counselors

"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

Support Girls & Youth Programs

Designate your contribution to support the important programs that focus on girls and youth in our community. Donate today and choose "Girls & Youth programs" from the options. Thank you!