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Waaban Ogimaawag

Tomorrow's Leaders

At the core of our youth services is the belief that we must elevate the voice of our American Indian youth to empower our futures. Our programs are not just guided by youth, they are developed, established and powered by Waaban Ogimaawag!

Where Youth Lead

Native Youth Advisory Council

Do you want a say in what is happening in your neighborhoods and communities? Join other American Indian youth leaders to follow a path that is based in our shared cultures and traditions and leads to a future where you can use your skills to give back to your community. The Native Youth Advisory Council is your chance to learn from your elders and create positive change.


Honoring our Culture

Our power as a community comes from the balance and harmony in the four life stages: elders, parents, youth and children. Our activities build on these intergenerational relationships to prepare you to be the leaders of the future.

These include programs like:

  • Mino-Wiisinin gardening
  • Storytelling events
  • Food sovereignty
  • Healing ceremonies
  • Traditional arts

We’ll have opportunities this spring and summer for participating in gardening and food sovereignty sessions.

Support for Your Future

Academic Achievement

Waaban Ogimaawag provides tutoring to American Indian youth on diverse subject areas, including test preparation, skill building, and success strategies.

Due to COVID, our tutoring services are currently virtual. Tutoring is held via Zoom on Sunday nights from 4 – 6pm.

Career Training

Our team works with American Indian youth ages 14 – 24 to identify job opportunities and to gain the skills to be successful in a career. We connect with other community resources, educational organizations and cultural leaders to guide youth on their journey.

Connect with the Youth Team

To find out more about our programs, events, Native Youth Advisory Council or other opportunities, please reach out to our Waaban Ogimaawag team.

You can call or text (651) 504-2944 or e-mail using the link below.

Upcoming Youth Services Events

March 28 @ 4:30 pm

AIFC: Waaban Ogimaawag – Tutoring for Youth

Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

AIFC’s youth program Waaban Ogimaawag (Tomorrow’s Leaders) meet at partner organization Indigenous Roots! Drop in for tutoring, and academic support, work on your project, or… Read More

March 29 @ 6:00 pm

AIFC – Ojibwe Language Series

American Indian Family Center (AIFC)

Wednesday nights at AIFC from 6:00-8:00PM, Ojibwe Language Instructor Ken Danielson (Gibwanisi) will hold space for all-level language learners to practice speaking Ojibwe! Language sessions… Read More

March 30 @ 6:00 pm

AIFC – Dakota Language Series

American Indian Family Center (AIFC)

Thursday nights at AIFC from 6:00-7:30PM, Dakota Language Instructor Katie Bendickson and Justis Brokenrope will both hold space for all-level language learners to practice speaking… Read More

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