Dear YWCA St. Paul Friends and Family,
As you’ll see in the stories below, each of our program areas continue to make strides in meeting our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We’ve welcomed new leadership to help us in our work, and we’ve taken steps to further engage our staff around critical issues of racial justice, gender equity and cultural understanding.  Read more from Gaye Adams Massey, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA St. Paul.
YWCA St. Paul welcomes new leadership staff
Nikki Beasley (top) and Michelle Daniel (bottom) hired to Housing, Development

Nikki Beasley joined us on March 5 as our Assistant Director of Housing. She brings significant experience in program development and working with housing and homeless families, and comes to us from Women's Advocates.

In addition, Michelle Daniels joined us as our Director of Development on April 9. She comes to us from Greater Twin Cities United Way, and brings a wealth of experience in major gifts and nonprofit development. We are delighted to welcome Michelle and Nikki to YWCA St. Paul.
Tickets to Dreaming Big
YWCA St. Paul & Tickets for Kids provide inspiration through arts

Our housing programs provide safe, affordable housing, but part of what makes our programs so impactful is the additional supportive services our participants receive. These services include classes in parenting, nutrition, financial literacy and other life skills led by our staff.  Read more .
Authenticity & Intentionality
YWCA St. Paul, YWIMN Cabinet speak on leadership
On Friday, April 13, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota hosted its 2018 Economic Opportunity Summit, which included “The Art of Young Women’s Leadership” led by La’Shante Grigsby of YWCA St. Paul and five members of the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota (YWIMN) Young Women’s Cabinet.

There's a Party on Our Block!
Back for its second year, the Health & Wellness Community Block Party, hosted by YWCA St. Paul’s Health & Fitness Center (HFC) will take place Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
This free, family friendly affair builds on the success of last year’s event with even more fitness classes, games, giveaways and exhibits from neighborhood organizations, as well as food and a live DJ.
By presenting health education and healthy lifestyle choices in a festive, entertaining environment, the event is an example of how health and wellness ties into YWCA St. Paul’s mission of making the “pursuit of happiness” attainable for everyone.
“The goal of the Health & Wellness Community Block Party is to help increase the general health and wellness knowledge of St. Paul residents,” said Lindy Vincent, Director of Health & Wellness. “By building awareness of accessible resources for underserved populations, we can increase the health, wellness and fitness education for YWCA St. Paul program participants, community members and the general population.”
In addition to representatives from all YWCA Program areas, the Health & Wellness Community Block Party will feature local businesses and organizations such as:
To learn more or invite friends and family, visit The YWCA St. Paul Health & Wellness Community Block Party is sponsored by Medtronic Foundation.
New Training Try-Outs
If you need some fit-spiration, stop in to try three of our newest class offerings for FREE before signing up for the full summer session:
Learn how to improve posture, flexibility and overall sense of wellness by using your own weight on a foam roller to perform self-massage. Regain range of motion, power and strength, while preventing future injuries.
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 9:45–10:15 A.M.
This High Intensity Interval Training includes speed ladder, medicine balls and body weight exercises performed at your own intensity level. Note: Class is designed for those who already have a sense of balance and coordination.
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 11–11:45 A.M.
Enjoy a gentle yoga practice especially for expectant mothers, offered in the studio and in the pool. Yoga provides strengthening and flexibility to accommodate your changing body. You will be encouraged to work within your body’s abilities as your pregnancy progresses. Class will include movement, relaxation and discussion. Please bring a note from your doctor providing medical clearance to the first class session.
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Seeking Understanding at YWCA St. Paul
Series of staff workshops address racial and social justice
In 2017, many of our staff expressed an interest in learning more about issues related to racial and social justice. As a result of that feedback and as a way of continuing our staff's education and ability to achieve our mission, YWCA St. Paul has been hosting a series of staff workshops and events exploring racial justice, women’s empowerment and cultural understanding. 

Finding Power & Purpose
YW Works hosts workshops to motivate and empower
In its fourth year, the Power of Purpose workshops discuss the life-changing impact of finding your purpose. The goal is to enhance participants’ coping skills and increase their knowledge of how to effectively manage life situations that impact their ability to obtain and maintain employment.

YWCA St. Paul Through the Years
We believe in a community that is employed, housed, empowered and healthy, and we've been working toward that mission for more than 100 years. This photo, from our 1991 annual report, is just one example—find more examples on our social media pages!
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