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Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota 

About the Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota

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.

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 Council.

Young Women’s Cabinet

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

To Apply

Applications are accepted till November 4th, 2016. Click here for the application. Questions regarding the application can be directed to Deena Zubulake, Director of Youth Development, YWCA St. Paul, at or 651-222-3741. All application materials, including supporting documents, must be submitted to the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith via:

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