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

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

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. Please contact us for more information on how to connect with a tutor.

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.

Contact us to learn more!

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

January 26 | 5:00 pm

Virtual Youth Tutoring

Our youth program Waaban Ogimaawag (Tomorrow’s Leaders) invites you to sign up for online tutoring. Join our Youth Empowerment Specialist Wakinyan LaPointe and volunteer tutors… Read More

January 27 | 4:00 pm

Indigenous Youth Empowerment Series

How can your Indigenous values guide and enrich your day to day lives, work, goals and visions? Log in for our Youth Empowerment Series… Read More

January 27 | 6:00 pm

Family & Youth Drum Circle

American Indian Family Center invites you to join our intergenerational drum circle sponsored by our Family & Youth Services. This group will meet virtually for… Read More

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