Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota

Main Image for Web_CroppedWe want every young woman in Minnesota – and every Minnesotan – to have access to equal opportunity in order to create and lead safe and prosperous lives,” said Lee Roper-Batker, Foundation president & CEO. “We know that when young women do better, their communities do better, and we all do better.”

The Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota. It 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.

>> Read the press release announcing Gov. Dayton’s appointments to the Young Women’s Cabinet and the Young Women’s Initiative Council.
>> Read the initial launch press release.
>> Watch the video of the full press conference.
>> YWI MN In The News: Star Tribune, WCCO, MN Daily, Fox 9 (KMSP), MN News Network, MinnPost

The Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota will deliver an Action Plan in 2017 to strategically create and advance opportunities for young women in Minnesota to achieve equity in opportunities and start eliminating barriers to ensure that all Minnesotans can live prosperous lives. The project will also include creation of a “Prosperity & Well-Being Index” of indicators to measure and evaluate the progress made in Minnesota toward gender equity.

The Initiative, designed to be as participatory and inclusive as possible, is comprised of three core committees that will drive the work: Community-Specific Working Groups, Young Women’s Cabinet, and the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota Council.

Young Women’s Cabinet

The Young Women’s Cabinet, comprised of up to 25 young women and youth leaders (ages 16-24) from the eight identified communities, will be charged with ensuring that the work of the Working Groups and the Council stays grounded in the lived experiences of the young women and youth from each community and the community-specific challenges and solutions they identified. The YWCA St. Paul will facilitate the Young Women’s Cabinet and will provide leadership development to the young women and youth who sit on the Cabinet and Community-Specific Working Groups.

>> Read who’s part of the Young Women’s Cabinet in Governor Dayton’s press release.
>> Questions regarding the Young Women’s Cabinet can be directed to Deena Zubulake, Director of Youth Development, YWCA St. Paul, at dzubulake@ywcaofstpaul.org or 651-222-3741.

Young Women’s Initiative MN Council

The Young Women’s Initiative MN Council will comprise 30-40 cross-sector leaders from elected office, the business community, philanthropy, and the community. Three young women co-chairs from the Young Women’s Cabinet will also sit on the Council. The purpose of the Council will be to sequence the statewide Action Plan and to inspire and catalyze resources to move it forward after its release in April 2017.

>> Read who’s part of the Young Women’s Initiative MN Council in Governor Dayton’s press release.