YWI MN Solutions & Goals
Transforming Systems & Improving Outcomes
As Minnesotans, we take great pride in our state. We are often ranked #1 or #2 in terms of quality-of-life, educational attainment, and workforce participation. However, this success rate is not true for all Minnesotans. In fact, Minnesota is ranked second worst in the nation for racial disparities.
Young women of color, American Indian young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ+ youth, and young women with disabilities, all between the ages of 12 and 24, face great inequities in economic opportunity, safety, and leadership. For Minnesota’s young women of color and American Indian young women, it means higher rates of poverty, homelessness, teen pregnancy, foster care, incarceration, and sex trafficking.
How much do we lose when we don’t see how much more we can be?
Our state’s future prosperity is interwoven, and Minnesota will benefit when young women pushed to the margins get exactly what they need to thrive.
What the data shows…
The Young Women’s Initiative will increase young women on the pathway to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs, and middle- and high-wage occupations by 20%.
Our STEM Opportunity: Young Women
One win that showcases the power of women’s foundations to advance gender and racial equity is the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s (WFMN) partnership with Best Buy.
The Young Women’s Initiative will improve safety by increasing young people’s awareness and access to live healthy lives by 50%.
Cabinet Reflections: Hope Hoffman
Hope Hoffman has been a member of the Governor-appointed Young Women’s Cabinet since its inception in 2017. She shared the following remarks at the Young Women’s Cabinet Celebration, concluding the group’s third session as a cohort.
The Young Women’s Initiative will promote leadership of young women by increasing their agency, social capital, and civic engagement by 80%.
She the People, She the Movement
For me, attending the She the People Summit solely for my personal development and leadership meant taking a chance to do something I rarely do.
Together, we are building a powerful, cross-sector movement led with and by young women driving solutions and change now, community by community, across Minnesota.
You can make a difference for young women in Minnesota with a gift today.