Youth & Young Adult Programs

AIHFS offers three youth and young adult programs that are tailored to each specific age group. Each program has age-appropriate activities that promote native connections and healthy lifestyle choices. We integrate the activities with our Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED) and our Native Connections Program.

Youth & Young Adult Programs

LITTLE DREAMERS

Ages 5-10

Looking to build a foundation of learning that entwines culture and community for a place where youth can come to learn their Native identity?

Little Dreamers is for youth ages 5 through 10 and focuses on developing their interests and strengths in various subjects. Little Dreamers is an amazing place to begin learning through fun and engaging activities. Little Dreamers starts at 5 pm with a smudge and prayer. Programming ends at 7 pm with a closing circle led by youth and staff.

Some Activities Include:

  • Cooking Classes
  • Traditional Storytelling
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Language Activities (Anishinaabemowin)
  • Games and More!

Requirements:

  • Residency: No Requirements
  • The program is designed for Native American youth but is open to youth of all backgrounds
  • Income: No Requirements
  • Ages: 5 to 10 years old
Date and Time:
Every Monday from 5:00-7:00 PM 
For any questions regarding programming, please contact:
Lawrence G. Caldwell: lcaldwell@aihfs.org or
Jessica Boyd: jboyd@aihfs.org Phone: (313) 846-3718  
Youth & Young Adult Programs

DREAM SEEKERS

Ages 11-17

Since 1992, The Dream Seekers program has been building a positive support network for Native youth and families while exploring ways to live healthily and break the cycle of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and violence. The program focuses on balancing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of our youth and families. The Dream Seekers program incorporates the Seven Grandfather Teachings (bravery, honesty, humility, love, respect, truth, and wisdom) in its weekly curriculum. 

Some Activities Include:

  • Cooking Classes
  • Traditional Indigenous games like Lacrosse
  • Physical activities like archery and canoeing
  • Cultural field trips 

Requirements:

  • Residency: No Requirements
  • The program is designed for Native American youth ages 8-17 but is open to youth of all backgrounds
  • Income: No Requirements
  • Ages: Youth Program: ages 11 to 17 years old
Date and Time:
Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 PM 
For any questions regarding programming, please contact:
Lawrence G. Caldwell:  lcaldwell@aihfs.org or
Jessica Boyd: jboyd@aihfs.org Phone: (313) 846-3718  
Youth & Young Adult Programs

WENENIIGANZEJIK CIRCLE

Ages 18-24 years old

The Young Adult Circle is a safe space for older youth to gather, share, and talk. The goal of this program is to connect Native youth and young adults to their culture and build protective factors, while also teaching strategies/skills for risk reduction, living a healthy lifestyle, the dangers of substance abuse, and how to connect to trusted community resources when help is needed. In doing so, this will empower the youth and give them skills so they can navigate and create a healthy future for themselves. 

Requirements:

  • Residency: No Requirements
  • The program is designed for Native American youth ages 18-24 but is open to all backgrounds
  • Income: No Requirements
  • Ages: 18 to 24 years old
Date and Time Every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM
For any questions regarding programming, please contact:
Lawrence G. Caldwell:  lcaldwell@aihfs.org or
Jessica Boyd, jboyd@aihfs.org
Phone: (313) 846-3718  

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