Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota
When Black, Indigenous, and young women of color thrive, all young women, families and communities thrive.
Ensuring a Minnesota where doors to economic opportunity are abundant and open to all girls and women in every community, and pathways to prosperity assured.
Ensuring a Minnesota where all girls and women are free from all forms of violence and can experience their homes, schools, and communities as safe places.
Ensuring a Minnesota where barriers to leadership are eliminated and all girls and women are respected and thrive.
WFMN and #SHARETHEMICMN are launching a three-month collaboration to amplify the work, lives, and stories of the Young Women’s Initiative and the brilliant young Black, Indigenous, and women of color leading in Minnesota today.
Since the onset of COVID-19, the Young Women’s Cabinet have been actively supporting, organizing, and sharing resources in our community. See more about their report and response to address immediate needs and long-term solutions.
What happens when we invest directly in young women who are creating change now? The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN) believes that directly funding the vision and leadership of young women of color brings us closer to creating a state where all people can thrive.
Launched by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota in partnership with the Governor’s Office in 2016, the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment that centers the leadership and solutions of young women of color, American Indian young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ+ youth, and young women with disabilities.
Take a deep dive into the research, structure and purpose of the Young Women’s Initiative
and why the time is now to support young women in Minnesota.
“What do I need to thrive? I need support more than anything. It’s what makes an authentic leader. I think that with support, giving it and receiving it we can change the world together.”
– Alexis Murillo, WFMN Innovator