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The YMCA Equity Innovation Center of Excellence is here for you to intentionally engage in thought-provoking experiences and resources that will expand your knowledge and skills. We invite individuals and groups to embark on a pathway of Leading with Excellence and Equity through learning experiences that can be applied in system change work for greater equity. Join us on the journey through engaging sessions held virtually on Zoom, safe in person or in a mixture of virtual and in-person settings.
Our beautiful diverse community commemorates many cultures and celebrations in September – Hindu Navratri, Jewish Rosh Hashanah, Hispanic Heritage Month and United States Labor Day. We invite you to explore the resources below that offer info and insight to learn more about the importance of each of these observances.
Equity on the Move in the Y
As our Y gears up to support youth and families with the start of another school year, I am excited to share more about the opportunities we have discovered with our Beacons program. As you may know, Beacons delivers truly incredible results. Beacons youth attend school a week more a year than their peers and graduate high school at much higher rates.
Even with these proven results, we know the work is far from done as we seek to empower young people and eliminate barriers that limit their potential. We saw a need to support these amazing students after graduation from high school, surrounding them as they explore the next steps in their journey. At Beacons, we see the opportunity to continue to provide guidance on career and life choices.
Through out-of-the-box thinking and great community partners, we have created an extension or ‘next gen’ of the Beacons program that supports graduates as they pursue their dreams. Our Y team and community partners are committed to help young adults succeed academically, professionally and socially.
Please watch this video and discover how the Beacons program is evolving to further support young adults: YMCA Next Generation Beacons
Connect with our team to discuss how we can support you.
Read past issues of the UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center of Excellence Connection.
Experience Enlightening Videos
Learn about how in the Hindu culture the ninth month is host to the celebration of Navratri. Nav meaning NINE and Ratri meaning NIGHTS, the festival held to honor mother goddess Durga lasts for nine nights. Enjoy the enlightening video of the Navratri Celebration of 2021 hosted by Gujarati Samaj of Minnesota and discover more about the Hindu culture from the Hindu Society of Minnesota.
Read Noteworthy Books
Recognize Labor Day's history that is rooted in the late nineteenth century when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity and wellbeing. Challenge your mental model about working middle class Americans in the 1950s with White After Labor Day by Mark F. Johnson. His fictional novel about the intersection of race and socioeconomic status is explored through a story of friendship.
Meet the Team
Meet the UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center Staff. Learn about the diverse stakeholders from all sectors that help us develop a common understanding of the ever-changing world around us.
Strengthen Our Community Together
With your support, the Y is making an impact right now for you and your neighbors. See the many ways in which we are making a difference.
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, meaning “Head of the Year” beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1 (Sept. 25, 2022) and ending after nightfall on Tishrei 2 (Sept. 27, 2022). This time is significant as it is believed that just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh Hashanah have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year. Learn more about the holiday and be inspired by the cultural purpose of Rosh Hashanah.
Learn More About Cultures in Our Community
Honor Hispanic Heritage and the rich cultural contributions in our community from the various stories of "Minnesotanos” - Latino and Latina Minnesotans and the Latinx experience. Engage your cultural agility during an immersive experience into Hispanic culture at Fiesta Latina hosted by Communicates Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), Minnesota’s largest Latino-led nonprofit organization.