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Who We Are

YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world. Our mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

We are a trusted social justice organization with a 130+ year history of advocacy for women and children. Through equity-centered programs and advocacy focused on racial justice, education and wellness, we create leaders, spark positive change, and improve the health of our community for all. Making a Difference. That’s the Difference.™

On a Mission for 130+ Years

YWCA Minneapolis strives every day for:

  • Race and gender equity
  • Economic independence for women
  • Respect for diverse cultures
  • Children and youth who thrive
  • A community that is vibrant and healthy

Our Statement

Read our latest statement on the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

YWCA’s Impact

“We continuously marvel at how much the children and families thrive in YWCA care and how they create a learning environment that is welcoming to all.”

― Zorica Stancevic, YWCA Early Childhood Education Parent

YWCA Minneapolis works to promote education, equity and health across the communities we serve. Last year alone, our programs helped 495+ children receive high-quality, anti-bias education, 2,200+ individuals learn about civic engagement and how to combat racial inequities, 716+ girls and youth become creators of change in their community, and 12,000+ fitness members achieve better health and wellness. Together, we’re making a difference.

As an organization, YWCA Minneapolis serves more than 15,000 people every single year — ranging from families seeking group fitness classes to young girls interested in pursuing the fields of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). With your support, we can create an even greater impact in our community and pave the way for a brighter future.

Celebrating 130+ Years of Progress

YWCA Minneapolis has been building stronger and more open-minded communities for 130+ years. From health access to racial justice, the leaders of YWCA Minneapolis have long been at the forefront of change.

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Shelley Carthen Watson among Twin Cities Business 100 for 2024

December 5, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 5, 2023   YWCA Minneapolis President and CEO Shelley Carthen Watson among Twin Cities Business 100 for 2024 Minneapolis: Every year, the editors of Twin Cities Business (TCB)...

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Coffee & Conversation

December 20, 2023 8:30am @Virtual Event

Join us for an informal chat from the comfort of your home. Hear from our program staff as they share stories that inform, inspire and connect you to our mission....

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YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity employer/program provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.