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Our Voices Blog

Stories, Views & Resources

Welcome to the Our Voices blog, where we share voices throughout YWCA Minneapolis, including the stories from members and participants whose lives are changed by YWCA. 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.

View posts by topic: Racial Justice and Public Policy, Early Childhood Education, Girls and Youth, Health and Wellness, YWCA Changemakers

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The First Time I Felt I Belonged: Eden’s Story

July 16, 2019

Eden was nine years old when her mom stumbled across a flyer for an afterschool program at YWCA Minneapolis. At the time, her family had just moved to a new...

Emily McNamara: The Outspoken Advocate for Women and Girls

July 15, 2019

Emily McNamara remembers sitting at a table with all white men over 65 and feeling the sexism in the room. She was 30 and had just taken on the role...

Triathlete Story: Staying Motivated and Achieving My Own Goals

July 12, 2019

In this Q&A, Anne Hed, CEO of HED Cycling, shares her story about how she started competing in triathlons, the goals she sets to stay motivated and the best advice...

Something For Everyone: Spending Quality Family Time at YWCA

July 2, 2019

Why did you join YWCA Minneapolis? We joined YWCA Minneapolis three years ago, shortly after our second child, Luke, was born. Before that, Nick and I had been members on...

Getting the Vote: Reflecting on the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Movement 100 Years Later

June 28, 2019

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment that prohibits “states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the...

YWCA Youth Learn about Urban Planning and Engineering on a Highway Construction Tour

June 24, 2019

Earlier this spring, participants in the Girls Inc. Eureka! program boarded a yellow school bus and joined Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for a tour of the 35W@94: Downtown to...