Youth Development

youth development

Every young person deserves a bright start to their adult future regardless of the resources they’ve grown up with. YWCA St. Paul’s Youth Development programs provide connections, resources and a safe place to build a community.

Nena's Success Story

Through YWCA St. Paul’s Youth Development program, Nena got her first job, visited colleges, and developed skills to put on her resume. She also become a member of the Young Women’s Cabinet of the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, which is sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Office of the Governor of Minnesota. YWCA St. Paul provides leadership development to the youth participating in the Cabinet.

Core Programs

YWCA St. Paul Youth Development programs empower young people to build bright futures. Programming helps young people affirm who they are, and supports them in building leadership skills, employment readiness and academic success. Open to young people ages 15 to 22. Transportation assistance available.

Girls Emerge meets weekly to give young women the opportunity to create community, affirm identity, explore careers, and promote social justice through a racial and gender equity lens. Meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact Angie Rouch, Youth Support Specialist, at 651-265-0708 or

YW Stride helps young women of color ages 18–24 who are transitioning from foster care by helping them secure stable housing and navigate relationships, resources and systems. Leveraging the unique combination of services offered at YWCA St. Paul and the expertise and collaboration of our Youth and Housing & Supportive Services programs, staff provide life coaching and empower participants to build confidence and self-efficacy through an 18-month program.

Participants may also access any other YWCA St. Paul programs they are eligible for during their time in the program. This is a referral-based program only. To refer your client or patient, contact Kalice Allen, Youth Transitions Coach, at 651-265-0770 or

Learn to work and work to learn! Meet one-on-one and with a group to explore and set career goals, learn what you need to be a star employee, and earn experience and credentials through paid work training and experience.

As a participant in YWCA St. Paul’s Youth Employment Services, you’ll have access to a four-week training program to increase employability skills. Completing this training provides opportunities to gain paid experience in professional work spaces with experiences individually tailored to your interests and skills. 

Questions? Contact Angie Rouch, Youth Support Specialist, at 651-265-0708 or or Kalice Allen, Youth Transitions Coach, at 651-265-0770 or

Employers: YWCA St. Paul is looking for business and community-based partners to offer youth a first work experience and/or explore careers based on their interests and skills gained through the program. To get started, contact Charles McIntosh, Vocational Navigator, at

YW’s Youth Employment Services is funded by Workforce Solutions, a department of Ramsey County, a proud partner of CareerForce.

We are so proud to provide leadership and advocacy development to the YWIMN Cabinet of remarkable young women at YWCA St. Paul!

The Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota (YWIMN), a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota, is a public-private partnership and a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment to achieve equity in opportunities and to improve the lives of young women of color, American Indian young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ youth, and young women with disabilities.

YWCA St. Paul hosts the Cabinet, comprised of 32 young women and youth leaders ages 16–24 appointed by the Governor, in actively engaging in leadership and advocacy development, philanthropy, policy initiatives, and community engagement to address disparities for girls and young women. 

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YWCA St. Paul will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observation of MLK day.
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