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Facility Notice: Consistent with the governor’s executive order to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, YWCA Minneapolis will extend through at least June 1 temporary closures we implemented for our fitness centers, a few of our Early Childhood Education centers and Girls and Youth programming. Learn More

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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 128+ year history of advocacy for women and children. Through equity-centered programs and advocacy focused on racial justice, early childhood education, youth and wellness, we create leaders, spark positive change, and improve the health of our community for all.

On a Mission for 125+ 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

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

For over 125 years, YWCA Minneapolis has been working to promote education, equity and health across the communities we serve. Last year alone, our programs helped 640+ children receive high-quality, anti-bias education, 4000+ individuals learn about and combat racial inequities, 1250+ girls and youth become creators of change in their community, and 28,000+ fitness members achieved better health & wellness. Together, we’re creating a roadmap for an equitable Minnesota.

As an organization, YWCA Minneapolis serves more than 30,000 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 125+ Years of Progress

YWCA Minneapolis has been building stronger and more open-minded communities for 125+ years. From health access to racial justice, the leaders of YWCA Minneapolis have long been at the forefront of change.

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Celebrating the First Cohort of Eureka! Graduates

May 28, 2020

Five years ago, in the summer of 2015, a group of 30 or so eighth grade girls met each other for the first time. They were nervous, excited and a...

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Summer Tri Fest

August 9, 2020 12:00am @Virtual Event

Summer Tri Fest 2020 Race Registration Now Open! Social distancing may keep us physically apart, but we are still triathletes together in spirit. Be a part of the first-ever YWCA...

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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.