We've had a very fun-filled and busy month here at the American Indian Family Center. It is such a blessing to have so many families attending our weekly AIFC programming and to see such great attendance and support at our July workshops and ceremonies. I am honored to share with you that during July our team hosted three different workshops, all aimed at promoting and sustaining the social and economic wellbeing of American Indian families. Community members were also part of our monthly Healing Ceremony and Traditional Teachings for a combined attendance rate of 95 families.
As we move forward, we will continue to share with you more about the impact of AIFC programs and special events. We thank you for your continued support and want to acknowledge that all of this work is only possible through the gracious contributions of partners like you!
We look forward to seeing you at our 2nd Annual Zaniya Iyankapi 5K event coming up next week, Saturday, August 10, beginning at 9AM at Phalen Regional Park. This event received glowing feedback last year. You can expect it to be a wonderful event again this year! Please don’t forget to register- and you don’t have to run. It’s a beautiful walk around the lake and you can even try some wrestling moves, taught by wrestlers who know what they are doing (not me), along the path if you choose. Very fun- looking forward to seeing you there!
With sincere gratitude,
Kristin Kinney, AIFC Executive Director
Zaniya Iyankapi 5K Fundraiser
The registration deadline is quickly approaching for our 2nd annual Run Like A Wrestler/Zaniya Iyankapi 5Kfundraiser! Don’t miss your chance to join us on Saturday, August 10th, at 9am for a fun-filled, family-friendly fundraiser that benefits both the East Side Wrestling Club and the American Indian Family Center. This event takes place at Lake Phalen and provides the community to gather for a beautiful and serene great stroll or jog around the lake all while benefiting from the great work of two local nonprofits! Please see the flyer above for more information or feel free to call Madison Smith, AIFC Development Specialist, with any additional questions. Don’t forget to hurry if you want to meet the registration deadline for a guaranteed T-Shirt on August 7, 2019! (Day of registration will also be available, however T-Shirt availability and sizing will be limited.)
Registration here: https://tinyurl.com/ESWC5k2019
Staff Spotlight on June Blue!
Oshki-Maajitada (New-to Begin Again Again): Health & Wellness Program
We are excited to share with you the below article that highlights the innovative work of June Blue, Cultural Broker, which was featured in a July edition of the Fairview's Monday Minutes. Thank you to June and Fairview for your dedication to bridging cultural gaps and your impact on services at the American Indian Family Center!
Volunteer Spotlight on Agelica Allery!
Waaban Ogimaawag (Tomorrow's Leaders): Youth Program
The American Indian Family Center would like to highlight the invaluable work and efforts of Angelica Allery. Angelica, who originally began her service with the AIFC as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow member, is a young professional, leader and volunteer who has committed over 2000 hours of volunteer service to services that promote and build leadership skills for youth through the Waaban Ogimaawag (Tomorrow’s Leaders) Native Youth program. Since joining AIFC as a volunteer, Angelica has made a significant impact on future generations, including the support of 19 students middle and high school students with increased on-time arrival to school by 50%, increased student engagement score by 81%, and increased school work completion by 63%. The AIFC team is honored to share the great successes of Angelica’s work, and excited to announce that she will be continuing as a second-year Promise Fellow this fall at the American Indian Family Center.
Miigwech/Pidamaya/Thank you Angelica for all that you do!
Zuya Wo Ohiya (Journey to Success: Employment & Education Program
Financial Literacy Workshop
Congratulations to the SEVEN participants who received a certificate at the July Financial Literacy Workshop, led by Bii Gii Wiin Community Load and Development Fund and hosted at the American Indian Family Center. After a 2-day training centered around empowering the American Indian community, these engaged participants now have the resources, knowledge and support to take control of their finances!
Thinica Owichakiyapi Thipi (Helping the Homeless Build): Housing Program
Housing Stability Workshop
Thanks to the great work of the Thinica Owichakiyapi Thipi (Helping the Homeless Build) program, 12 families received long-term housing stability education and resources through two workshops hosted in the month of July! The two workshops offered, including "Why is My Rent Going Up?" and “Know Your Housing Rights” were designed to provide culturally-specific support and awareness to the phenomena of increasing rent around the Twin Cities, and tenant rights! These classes are part of a 12-class series in which the AIFC Housing Stability Team will be providing throughout the year. We look forward to sharing with you more about the impact of these services. If you have any questions about future housing stability workshops or housing services, please contact Laura Dorn, Housing Services Coordinator.
Save the Date: AIFC Annual Fall Feast
Please join the American Indian Family Center in celebrating the community at our annual Fall Feast, Friday, October 4th, from 5:00-8:00pm! Our Fall Feast will include an honoring of the community and blessing led by our Elder in Residence, Nelda Goodman.
We hope you can join us on this special day!
Where American Indian Families Thrive!