Our Partners in Minnesota
The Beautywell Project is launching the Young Women’s Wellness and Leadership Initiative (YWWLI) to prepare a cohort of young Muslim girls from Somali communities to become local leaders in the Twin Cities. With support from NIRH, the cohort of young women in YWWLI has the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills of their lived experiences to engage with other community members, network with local community leaders, advocate for public policies that secure their own reproductive and sexual well-being, and ultimately become lifelong advocates for themselves and other girls. The YWWLI provides participants with knowledge around sexual health, healthy relationships, and environmental justice, including a focus on the harms of skin lightening creams, all within a culturally competent framework. YWWLI participants are developing a social media campaign to educate their community about skin lightening creams, including their harms to maternal and reproductive health and challenging the beauty norms associated with their use. For many young Somali girls in Minneapolis and St. Paul, this is their first opportunity to access this information.
Led by NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, the North Minneapolis Chlamydia Partnership (NMCP) will begin implementation of its newly-developed strategic plan to reduce chlamydia rates in Minneapolis. In order to listen and learn from young leaders in the community, they will develop an online and social media presence and create a Youth Champions leadership council, offering training to 15-20 young people in sexual health and community organizing. Urban Initiative funding will also support ongoing coalition-building for NMCP. In 2014, the Northpoint Health & Wellness Center continued the development of the NMCP, including launching a website, restructuring the coalition, and increasing social media presence. Created and trained a youth council, CRUSH, to work as advocates with the NMCP.
In 2009, the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting (St. Paul, MN) implemented a science-based, comprehensive sex education curriculum to pilot in middle and high schools.
In 2011, the Neighborhood Health Source (Minneappolis, Minnesota) evaluated the scale-up of a texting-to-email program designed to increase access to sexual and reproductive health information and care to young people and reduce no-show rates at appointments. In 2010, they expanded their reproductive and sexual health program “Seen on da Streets” by increasing outreach-based STI testing, offering expedited partner therapy, and expanding the audience to include young women and Latino youth.