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Girls Inc.

Delivering Life-Changing Programs for Girls

About Girls Inc.

YWCA Minneapolis is a member organization of Girls Incorporated. Through Girls Inc., girls take risks, discover and grow their inherent strengths, learn to value themselves and create long-lasting mentorship relationships in a pro-girl environment.

Through this affiliation with Girls Inc., 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 (STEM). This programming helps girls traverse complex gender, economic and social barriers to find success.

Participants gain opportunities to learn new skills, make positive connections to peers and adults, contribute to society and believe in their ability to create the best possible future for themselves.

Health Care Ambassadors

A College and Career Readiness Group

For girls/trans/femme and non-binary youth (grades 9-12) interested in the health care field and passionate about advocating for accessible health care.

  • Explore health care areas of study and career paths
  • Examine inequities and advocacy in health care
  • Meet and learn from women in the medical community
  • Opportunities to volunteer, job shadow and intern
  • Your enrollment covers snacks and bus tokens

Enrollment to this program is closed. Please check back in 2020.

Girls Inc. Council for Advocacy and Change

We are accepting applications for the Girls Inc. Council for Advocacy and Change (GCAC). This is a leadership opportunity for girls and non-binary youth in high school (grades 9-12) in the Twin Cities area. Participants will work to become advocates and agents of change for their communities. Apply today!

Enrollment to this program is closed. Please check back in 2020.

Afterschool Program

The Girls Inc. Afterschool Program is available to girls in grades 4 through 12 in the Minneapolis Public Schools and at YWCA Minneapolis. This multifaceted program helps prepare young women for academic and professional success by addressing four essential learning goals:

  • Academic success in science and math
  • Economic literacy
  • Leadership development
  • Healthy decision-making

The purpose of Girls Inc. is to create an enriching and fun community that supports connection, girl-led learning and true personal growth. The program has already shown major impact in the Minneapolis community, with 85 percent of participating youth demonstrating STEM skills as well as increased financial literacy in 2018.

For more information on Girls Inc. and how you can get involved, contact Elena Gustafson at 612-215-4372 or

Eureka!® Program

Girls Inc. Eureka! is a five-year summer and school-year program for girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. 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 steps in their post-secondary education.

The Eureka! program is held during the summer at the University of Minnesota and offers enrichment activities monthly during the school year at YWCA Midtown. Eureka! girls benefit from hands-on exposure to new career prospects — as well as positive adult role models in STEM and other non-traditional fields. This program is the perfect opportunity to help young women nurture their interest in STEM fields and thrive academically.

Enrollment to this program is closed. Please check back in 2021.

For more information on Girls Inc. Eureka! and how you can participate, contact Girls Inc. at 612-215-4369 or

Girls Resolution and Prevention (RAP)

Girls RAP is an intervention program that works with 125 girls each year, ages 12 through 18, who are involved (or at risk of becoming involved) in the juvenile justice system. Through this program, we help participants resolve their offense and stay out of the criminal justice system by building skills and motivation for positive life choices, as well as healthy relationships with peers and adults.

Girls RAP participants complete an intensive 12-week intervention program and receive 12 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, fear and other emotions.

Thanks to Girls RAP, girls across Minneapolis are empowered with the strength, support and knowledge needed to make more responsible choices and achieve social, emotional, educational and physical well-being.

For more information on the Girls RAP program and how it’s supporting young women across the city, please call 612-215-4123.

Workshops and Outreach

Girls Inc. 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.

Through Girls Inc. Workshops, participants can forge stronger bonds with their communities, participate in networking with their peers and learn invaluable life skills to advance their academic, professional and personal goals. These programs are an excellent resource to help girls become even stronger, smarter and bolder in their pursuit of success.

Learn More

To learn more about YWCA Minneapolis Girls Inc. programs, please contact

2019-2020 Girls Inc. Afterschool Sites

Anderson United Community School
Anthony Middle School
Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center
Folwell Performing Arts Magnet
Franklin Middle School
Hiawatha College Prep – Kingfield
Hmong International Academy
Jefferson Community School
Justice Page Middle School
Lake Nokomis Community School
Marcy Open School
Sanford Middle School
Seward Montessori School
YWCA Minneapolis – Midtown