YWCA of Minneapolis

Focus Area: Advocacy in Youth Development

Grant Amount: $15,000

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, Inc. after-school program by adding boys and creating a Girls and Youth Advocacy program. The revamped program will support 60 youth ages 12 and under in groups of 8-10 to train and build their advocacy, civic engagement, and leadership skills over a 4- to 12-week period. Youth will engage in a ladder of advocacy opportunities from basic (letter writing, phone calls, marches and rallies) to advanced (testifying at committee hearings, individual meetings with elected officials.