Girls Inc.

Delivering life-changing programs for girls

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About Girls Inc

The YWCA of Minneapolis is a member organization of Girls Incorporated. Through this affiliation with Girls Inc., the 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. Girls have opportunities to learn new skills, belong to a group, make positive connections to peers and adults, contribute to society, feel competent and believe in their ability to create the best possible future for themselves.

After School Program

Available to girls in grades 4 through 8 in the Minneapolis Public Schools, the After School Program addresses four learning goals: academic success in science and math, financial literacy, leadership development, and healthy decision-making. The multifaceted program creates an enriching and fun community that supports girl-led learning, great friendships and real personal growth.

In 2015, 87% of girls demonstrated progress in the areas of leadership development, Math and Science, Financial Literacy, and Healthy Decision Making. For more information, call 612-215-4372.

Eureka!® Program

Eureka! is a five-year summer and school year program for girls focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Run 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 step in their post-secondary education. Girls eligible to apply are current 7th graders (rising 8th graders in the summer). The Eureka! program is held during the summer at the University of Minnesota and offers enrichment events and activities monthly during the school year. Now accepting applications for our newest Eureka! cohort—starting Summer 2016!  Click here to view our 2016 brochure.Fill out an application HERE. For more information, contact Angie Kilcher at akilcher@ywcampls.org or 612-215-4369

Resolution and Prevention (RAP) 

RAP is an intervention program that works annually with 125 girls, ages 12 through 18, who have a first, low-level juvenile offense. Program participants resolve their offense and stay out of the criminal justice system permanently by building skills and motivation for positive life choices. Girls complete an intensive ten-week intervention group and participate in ten 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. For more information, call 612-215-4123.

Workshops and Outreach

Workshops are single, two-to-eight-hour learning opportunities offered at city schools, community centers, YWCA locations, and youth conferences. Outreach focuses on recurring activities at culturally specific community centers, serving Latina, Native American and Somali girls. Both workshops and outreach provide skill-building opportunities, engage parents and communities, and reach girls who might otherwise not participate in programs.

Get More Information
To learn more about Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Minneapolis programs, contact YWCA Girls Inc. Director Christa Perkins at 612-215-4375. Enrollment in Girls Inc. After School Programs is handled through schools. To learn if Girls Inc. is available at your school, contact Christa.




Apply Now!

Now accepting applications for the Summer of 2016! Girls currently in the 7th grade are eligible to apply. Limited space available.
Apply Today!

Eureka Application (PDF)



2015-2016 Participating Schools


Andersen United Community School
Anne Sullivan Communication Center
Anthony Middle School
Anwatin Middle School
Elizabeth Hall International Elementary
Folwell Performing Arts Magnet
Hmong International Academy
Jefferson Community School
Laura Jeffrey Academy
Marcy Open School
Northeast Middle School
Ramsey Middle School
Sanford Middle School
Seward Montessori School
Venture Academy

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