Advancing
Racial Justice​

YWCA St. Paul advances racial justice through education and advocacy in the community, by working with organizations seeking to build equity, and through programs focused on breaking down barriers in areas of significant racial and gender disparity.
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Fighting
Homelessness

Our range of housing programs combine affordable housing with customized support services that help participants stabilize their lives, build new skills, connect to community and secure a future of safe, stable housing. 
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Building
Strength

The Health & Fitness center helps people live active lifestyles, prevent and manage chronic medical conditions and reduce stress through a variety of fitness options, membership types and financial assistance to help keep healthy living accessible.
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Overcoming
Barriers

In Employment & Economic Development programs people to build professional skills and overcome barriers to employment to enhance self-sufficiency.
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Empowering
Youth

Young people in our Youth Development programs create positive relationships with peers and staff to develop the skills and confidence to succeed in the classroom, work place and community.
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ywca is on a mission

To better help understand the impact racism has on our lives, YWCA St. Paul’s CEO Gaye Adams Massey moderated a virtual Town Hall on “Tackling Racism” with renowned community leaders Judge Pamela Alexander, James Burroughs, Justin Terrell and Dr. Yohuru Williams.  The compelling conversation sets the groundwork for community conversation, activism, and reform in a unique community forum, providing information on how we can each be a catalyst for change.

News

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History of the Rondo Neighborhood

In honor of Black History Month, we remember the history of the Rondo neighborhood, where YWCA St. Paul is located. Rondo was once home to 80 percent of St. Paul’s Black residents, but was razed in the 1960’s to construct Interstate-94.

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Finding your perfect mentor ‘fit’

A mentor acts as your cheerleader and guide, encourages you to apply for new opportunities, helps you navigate challenging situations, and acts as a ‘sounding board’ when you need advice. Check out these tips to find the right mentor for you!

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Events

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Join our Healing Circles

Join our Healing Circles, a supportive, facilitated space to affirm Black culture, community and lived experience, and to share dialogue and feelings to promote health and well-being.

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Equity & Justice Conversations: Economic Advancement

Please join Tawanna Black and Gaye Adams Massey in conversation about ways to advance economic inclusion across all sectors in the Twin Cities and strategies to address the gaps in economic advancement, providing a historical context and sharing action steps the community can take in collective activism.

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