• Maryam

    Maryam began attending YWCA St. Paul Youth programs at age 14, and committed to regular attendance for four years. Now as a high school senior, she has gained the skills and experience to be the first in her family to attend college. Watch Video
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  • Shay

    At just 18, Shay has faced both adversity and trauma. Her experiences have transformed her into a passionate advocate for youth and someone determined to make a difference in the lives of others. Watch Video
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  • Rakeem

    Lacking a stable support system throughout his childhood, Rakeem came to the YWCA looking to build new relationships and stay on the right path. Today, thanks to the network of support he found through IMPACT, he is focused on earning his high school diploma. Watch Video
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  • Khalique

    At the YWCA, Khalique not only found a job but a positive path. Watch Video
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  • Quintin

    Quintin has made great academic strides with help from the Youth Achievers Program and Project Able. Watch Video
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  • Nena

    Nena quickly became involved in the YWCA’s opportunities to connect with other young people and to make a difference in her community. She also flourished when it came to defining her educational goals and took advantage of exposure to employment and career opportunities for the future. Watch Video
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Khalique

Becoming a Leader

Equipped with the talent to go far, Khalique needed extra support to help realize his potential. At the YWCA, he found a team of people who helped him to chart a positive course for high school and beyond.

As a participant in the IMPACT program, Khalique explored post-secondary options, developed his leadership skills and gained paid work experience. “The YWCA has helped me to become a good young man, stay on the right track and actually want to do something with myself,” he explains.

Recently, Khalique put his leadership skills to use at Jackson Elementary. Working part-time in the afterschool enrichment program, he helped lead fitness-focused activities and offered homework assistance to low-income students in grades K-3.

With ongoing encouragement and support from IMPACT, Khalique is working to complete his final credits of high school and plans to attend Inver Hills Community College.

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“The YWCA has helped me to stay on the right track and actually want to do something with myself.”