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Girls Inc. Launches New Council to Help Girls Become Creators of Change

By Danielle Joseph, Girls and Youth Academic Specialist
September 24, 2018
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Coming this October, Girls Inc. at YWCA Minneapolis will launch an exciting new program for teens – a Council for Advocacy and Change! This will be a unique opportunity for high school youth who want to make a difference in their communities. Applications are being accepted until October 12.

Addressing Issues Faced by Girls

This leadership council is open to girls and non-binary youth grades 9-12 who are interested in gaining skills to be leaders and addressing issues faced by women and girls our community. Through this council, youth will join with students from different schools toward a common cause and gain experience leading community campaigns for change.

Benefits of joining the Girls Inc. Council for Advocacy and Change include:

  • Gain experience serving in leadership roles
  • Meet girls across the Twin Cities committed to advocacy and change
  • Opportunities to volunteer in the community
  • Advise YWCA Minneapolis staff on program and strategy
  • Work on an advocacy project addressing challenges faced by women and girls
  • Monthly attendance includes a $15 stipend and dinner

Building Skills to Take Action

High schoolers in the program will explore a variety of topics that directly impact women and girls, like gender inequity, racism, sexual health and media literacy. The girls will then build skills to be advocates in the community and take action with the support of their peers.

The group will meet twice a month at YWCA Midtown starting October 24.

Girls Inc. at YWCA Minneapolis

Girls Inc. is committed to working – in collaboration with partner organizations and our entire network –to advance the rights and opportunities of girls and young women, to break through the barriers girls face and to reform systems that impede their success. Girls Inc. aims to empower girls with the tools necessary to be change agents in their communities and beyond, and to develop into civically engaged individuals.

Apply Today!

Applications are due October 12, 2018 and can be emailed to Danielle Joseph at or mailed to YWCA Midtown (Attn: Danielle Joseph, 2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407).

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