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Success Story: Quintin

Struggling at school with academics and behavior, Quintin was referred to YWCA St. Paul for tutor­ing. After learning more about challenges he was fac­ing at home and at school, staff encouraged Quintin’s mom, LaVera, to enroll him in the Youth Achievers Program (YAP). Quintin joined the program lack­ing confidence, and when tested, he scored only 30 percent on academic pre-assessments.

As the weeks rolled by, Quintin’s confidence and academic skills grew. Halfway through the year, he was assessed again, and the improvements were remarkable. This time, he scored 93 percent. “I’m proud of him,” says LaVera. “I just want him to strive to be what he wants to be and what he wants to grow up and do.”

Quintin’s achievements are doing more than positively impacting him — they’re also influencing his younger brother, Jeremiah. Seeing his brother strive to do well and receive recognition for his accomplishments is motivating him to do the same.

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Kamala Harris – A History-Making Win

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris isn’t just a role model, she’s also a beacon of hope for young women of color – proving that barriers to future success are falling. Her election to the second highest office in the nation proves that hard work and education can create a path to success, regardless of race or gender. What does her historic win mean to you?

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New Year, New You?

Welcome to 2021 – a year in which YWCA St. Paul will continue to live out its mission and commitment to racial and gender equity. With 2020 behind us, how do you plan to embrace your radical self in 2021?

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