YWCA of Minneapolis

Focus Area: Advocacy in Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in Minneapolis. A leader in early childhood advocacy, the YWCA of Minneapolis helps develop early childhood educators and the parents/caregivers of young children into advocates. The Y also does public policy work in the area of youth development.

Grant supports expansion of the Y’s successful Girls and Youth Advocacy program. The program will support 60 children ages 12 and under to train and build their advocacy, civic engagement, and leadership skills over a 4- to 12-week period. It will utilize current youth groups across its programs and will expand into 4th and 5th grade groups. It will use the She Votes curriculum, which is utilized only during election years. During Covid-19, the program has changed to virtual programming and has been able to proceed with both skill-building and making connections with policy makers.