The Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN) is a public-private partnership between the Women's Foundation of Minnesota and the Governor's Office of the State of Minnesota. The work will be driven by a cross-sector partnership of nonprofits, businesses, government, philanthropies, and young women themselves to build equity in outcomes for young women in our state, allowing them to lead safe, prosperous lives. YWI MN is also a participating member of a national collaborative of eight public women’s foundations working together on key strategies to drive opportunity and equity in outcomes for young women in their respective regions and states.
YWI MN has four goals:
- Build pathways to opportunity and future economic security for young women in Minnesota through increased high school graduation rates and post-secondary attainment.
- Decrease violence and harmful cultural norms that young women face at home, school, and in the community.
- Ensure young women are viewed as assets in our communities, participate in civic engagement, and develop their leadership.
- Engage and mobilize the public to shift policies, systems, attitudes, and behaviors to increase young women's prosperity and well-being.