AIN DAH YUNG CENTER
The Ain Dah Yung Center – which means “our home” in the Ojibwe language – was created in 1983 as an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless Native American youth in St. Paul, Minnesota. The shelter quickly became much-needed cultural center and safe place in the Twin Cities, an area with a high concentration of Native Americans.
Over the years, the Ain Dah Yung Center has become a national model for providing a broad spectrum of culturally-relevant and cost-effective social services to Native American youth and their families. For example, the Ninijanisag (Our Children) Program teaches youth ages 10-21 problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills in a community and cultural context in an effort to combat high rates of violence, chemical use/abuse, suicide, and other self-compromising behaviors among Native youth.
The Ain Dah Yung Center provides services to about 1,100 youth and families, using traditional beliefs as a starting point to encourage personal and community development. The Ain Dah Yung Center is committed to ensuring that Native American youth and families in the Twin Cities-area “retain access to their Indigenous rights of community, belonging and culturally identity.” The Ain Dan Yung Center is guiding by the following values:
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