Program Details

Ginew/Golden Eagle

The Ginew/Golden Eagle Program is a year-round after-school program at MAIC that provides culturally-specific curriculum designed to enhance the resiliency of American Indian youth aged 5-18.

Our participants are eligible for transportation to and from the program if they live or attend school within the program’s transportation boundaries (i.e. South Minneapolis). Furthermore, participants’ friends who may not identify as American Indian are welcome to participate in our culturally-focused program.

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Apply to participate in our program by completing these two online forms (or, you may print, fill out and mail the PDF versions):

Apply to volunteer with our program by completing this online form (or, you may print, fill out and mail the PDF version):

Mission & Goals

The mission of the Ginew/Golden Eagle Program is to equip American Indian youth with the knowledge to discern healthy choices, and to develop and strengthen life skills that will encourage future success in academics and career pursuits.

The goals of the Ginew/Golden Eagle Program are the following:

  • To strengthen the self-esteem and sense of identity of American Indian youth by offering cultural activities
  • To decrease the risk of alcohol and substance abuse by American Indian youth by offering chemical awareness education involving talking circles, drug awareness education sessions, and chemical-free activities
  • To increase the academic success of American Indian youth through educational programming, and
  • To increase the physical well-being of American Indian youth by offering recreational activities and health education

Services

(all services are for youth aged 5 to 18 unless otherwise noted below)

Health & Fitness

  • Physical activity promoted through open recreation, the SPARK program in the MAIC gymnasium, and field trips
  • Annual participation in the American Indian Youth Olympics
  • Provision of a healthy meal every evening

Youth Study Time

  • Opportunities to work with volunteer tutors from area colleges and universities, encouraging comprehension and completion of homework in Math, Reading, and Social Studies

Youth Intervention

  • Specialized attention for youth who experience challenges with truancy, the judicial system, chemical dependency, and/or have dropped out of school

Youth Leadership Activities & Commercial Tobacco Prevention
*for youth aged 12 to 18

  • Learn the differences between commercial and traditional tobacco and the harms caused by commercial tobacco
  • Develop leadership skills through community-based participatory research, such as becoming involved in policy education and advocacy around commercial tobacco-related issues that impact the community
  • Provide peer education to younger Ginew/Golden Eagle youth about tobacco-related issues
  • Provide resources and information to the community on how to quit smoking

Eligibility

  • American Indian youth aged 5 to 10 meet on Monday and Tuesday after-school/evenings
  • American Indian youth aged 11-18 meet on Wednesday and Thursday after-school/evenings
  • Participants’ friends who may not identify as American Indian are welcome to participate in our culturally-focused program

Ginew/Golden Eagle Staff

Julie Green, Program Director
(612) 879-1765
jgreen@maicnet.org

Misha Loeffler, Youth Activities Coordinator
(612) 879-1754
mloeffler@maicnet.org

Aaron Hammerly, Youth Activities Assistant Coordinator
(612) 879-1776
ahammerly@maicnet.org

Yeeleng “G” Vue, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
(612) 879-1772
yvue@maicnet.org

Shane Thompson, Tobacco Prevention Assistant Coordinator
(612) 879-1708
sthompson@maicnet.org

Eva Graf, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
(612) 879-1766
egraf@maicnet.org

Shannon Livingston-Harris, AmeriCorps VISTA
(612) 879-1764
slivingston-harris@maicnet.org