• Empowering Young Women

    YWCA St. Paul young women’s empowerment programming supports healthy development of individuals, creates opportunities to connect with one another through community, and raises awareness of social justice issues aligned with the YWCA St. Paul mission.
  • Cultivating Success

    YWCA St. Paul Youth Development programs encourage young people to engage in positive self-discovery, build meaningful relationships with peers while empowering them to be the change agents of their futures.
  • Building Bright Futures

    YWCA St. Paul youth programming provides access to services for students and families year-round at little or no cost.


Young people prepared
for successful futures

Celebrating Success

“I want to help youth grow up and get the help they need.”


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Youth Development

Girls Emerge

An IMPACT program

Join Girls Emerge, a community open to anyone who identifies as female ages 14-18, to learn, grow and lead change in our community. Girls Emerge provides individual coaching and group work in four core areas:

Employability skills

Academic success and higher education

Leadership and advocacy development

Health and wellness

Programming takes place at YWCA St. Paul on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Topics and training include:

  • Exploration of leadership styles, skills, interests and strengths
  • Financial literacy & budgeting
  • College readiness
  • Creative expression
  • Healthy relationships
  • Wellness & nutrition
  • Individual job coaching and mentoring
  • Opportunities for paid experience in professional work spaces

Enrollment is ongoing; contact La’Shante Grigsby, Youth Support Specialist, at 651-265-0731 or email lgrigsby@ywcaofstpaul.org to schedule an orientation.

Interested in working with Girls Emerge at your school or hosting a workshop? Contact La’Shante Grigsby, Youth Support Specialist, at 651-265-0731 or email youth@ywcaofstpaul.org.

YW Stride

Helps prevent homelessness for young women of color ages 18–24 (without children or pregnant/parenting) 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.

Young Women’s Initiative Minnesota

YWIMN Young Women’s Cabinet

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.

The Cabinet is comprised of 25 young women ages 16-24 appointed by the Governor, and participates in statewide research and action planning to address disparities for girls and young women. Learn more here.