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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BIPOC women run for elected office and make history in 2020

The number of women – and women of color – who ran for public office during 2020 was at historically high levels. YWCA St. Paul is helping young women learn skills today that will enable them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Read more to learn more about what happened in Minnesota last year.

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Events

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Racial Equity & Social Justice Conversations: Health & Well-being (Updated)

Our next conversation will feature Anika Ward, Founder of Sankofa Leadership Network, discussing the everyday connections between diversity, equity and inclusion and wellness, and the ways we (as community/family members, colleagues, and leaders) might shift our ways of engaging to ensure that our impact—on ourselves and others—contributes to more equitable and healthy spaces.

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Take Time for Self-Care | Dec. 16

We invite you to a wellness and self-care workshop, which will include yoga and mindfulness strategies led by Marjorie Grevious. This is our gift to you, as a thank you for your support this past year and beyond. 

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