• Empowering Young Women

    YWCA St. Paul young women’s empowerment programming supports healthy development of individuals, creates opportunities to connect with one another through community, and raises awareness of social justice issues aligned with the YWCA St. Paul mission.
  • Cultivating Success

    YWCA St. Paul Youth Development programs encourage young people to engage in positive self-discovery, build meaningful relationships with peers while empowering them to be the change agents of their futures.
  • Building Bright Futures

    YWCA St. Paul youth programming provides access to services for students and families year-round at little or no cost.


Young people prepared
for successful futures

Celebrating Success

"I want to go to college for myself first, for my mother as well – for her to know I’m trying to get to a point where she hasn’t gotten to."


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Youth Development

Take control of building your future! Young people in YWCA St. Paul’s Youth Development IMPACT program build positive relationships with peers and caring staff while learning about leadership, employability skills, self-awareness and more. All programs are free and offered to ages 15-24.
Core programs and services include:

Level Up

Ages 15-24 | Tuesday & Wednesdays, 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Polish up your employability skills to prepare for and excel in entry-level jobs. Level Up is a training programming that includes individual job coaching and guides participants through exploring interests, strengths and potential careers while learning about basic financial literacy and professional communication and etiquette. Participants also receive assistance with job searches, obtaining employment and ongoing support!


Girls Emerge

Ages 15-21 | Thursdays 2:30–5:30 p.m.

Join a community of girls and young women to talk about social justice issues, artistic expression and opportunities to lead change in our community. Girls Emerge provides individual coaching to grow self-awareness, health and wellness and leadership development and is open to anyone in the age group who identifies as female.


Youth Connect

Ages 16-24 | Fridays 2:30–5:30 p.m.

Learn how to connect current skills and interests with prospective career fields for the future. Youth Connect allows participants to work one-on-one with support specialists who provide job coaching to explore prospective career fields tailored to individual interests and skills. In addition to programming hosted at YWCA St. Paul, participants have opportunities to gain paid experience in professional work spaces for up to 12 weeks.

Limited spots available, with orientation by appointment ONLY. For more information or to attend an orientation, please call 651-265-0731 or email youth@ywcaofstpaul.org.


Youth Employment Program

Ages 16–19

Gain work experience and earn money with YWCA St. Paul’s Youth Connect service cohort!

  • Individual coaching for job readiness skills, leadership development and more
  • Work on group community service projects, such as landscaping or serving at a soup kitchen
  • At the end of each cohort, receive a stipend and the option to sign up for another opportunity!

Contact the Youth Support Specialist by email or phone to learn more about the program or to follow-up regarding next steps.

La’Shante Grigsby, Youth Support Specialist


Young Women’s Initiative Minnesota

YWIMN Young Women’s Cabinet

We are so proud to provide leadership and advocacy development to the YWIMN Cabinet of remarkable young women at YWCA St. Paul!

The Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota (YWIMN), a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota, 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.

The Cabinet is comprised of 25 young women ages 16-24 appointed by the Governor, and participates in statewide research and action planning to address disparities for girls and young women. Learn more here.