Due to Covid-19, all of our programming is currently virtual. Our building is closed to the public but AIFC is still here for you!

Youth

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. Please e-mail Madison.Smith@aifcmn.org to find out more.

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 Tuesday nights from 5 – 7pm

Career Exploration

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.

Due to COVID, our career development sessions are currently virtual on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm.

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 (612) 405-3538 or e-mail using the link below.

Upcoming Youth Services Events

July 2 @ 4:30 pm

Native Youth Advisory Council

American Indian Family Center

Do you want to help shape your community and join a growing group of other Native Youth leaders? Our Waaban Ogimaawag Native Youth Advisory Council… Read More

July 16 @ 4:30 pm

Native Youth Advisory Council

American Indian Family Center

Do you want to help shape your community and join a growing group of other Native Youth leaders? Our Waaban Ogimaawag Native Youth Advisory Council… Read More

July 30 @ 4:30 pm

Native Youth Advisory Council

American Indian Family Center

Do you want to help shape your community and join a growing group of other Native Youth leaders? Our Waaban Ogimaawag Native Youth Advisory Council… Read More

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