As we are kicking off summer our youth, families, and elders are having the opportunity to spend time in the garden. The AIFC the team is once again growing healthy and organic herbs and vegetables with the help of our Elders and Youth. We are blessed to have supportive resources to do so. They make such a huge impact and we are truly grateful.
The AIFC team had the great pleasure to see many of you at both of our second annual Spring Feast and Booshike Giin (It's Your Decision) Alternative to Opioids Youth-Led Conference. We had an amazing turnout and we thank you for joining us. It is always an honor to engage with you all on a more personal level.
We look forward to seeing you at our Zaniya Iyankapi 5K event coming up in August. It was a blast last year and we expect it be a wonderful event again this year!
With sincere gratitude,
Kristin Kinney, AIFC Executive Director
Zaniya Iyankapi 5K Fundraiser
Please Save the Date for our 2nd annual Run Like A Wrestler/Zaniya Iyankapi 5K fundraiser! This fundraiser benefits both the East Side Wrestling Club and the American Indian Family Center. Please see the flyer below for more information! 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!
Registration here: https://tinyurl.com/ESWC5k2019
We are both excited and honored to share with you that in March of 2019, the American Indian Family Center was selected to undergo the process to become certified as a Service Enterprise Organization through Points of Light and Minnesota Association for Volunteer Association. Through this process the AIFC has committed to making volunteering a core strategic function, focusing volunteer engagement on community needs, and investing in volunteers and volunteer infrastructure. The AIFC has completed the required training and is currently beginning to implement our action plan with an estimated certification date of May, 2020. We look forward to sharing more updates on this journey with you as they unfold!
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Spring Feast! Despite the rain showers, we had a great time celebrating the community. The Spring Feast featured a traditional meal prepared by Yazzie the Chef, face-painting and balloon twisting, a formal presentation of the AIFC Eagle Staff gifted by Joe Whitehawk to the AIFC, a variety of songs performed by the Men’s Drum Group, honoring for community members Lasha TilsenToles and Jennie Marlowe, and even an appearance by Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. Thank you all for your significant support of the AIFC and we hope you had an amazing time!
Booshike Giin (It's Your Decision) Alternatives to Opioids Youth-Led Conference
Thank you for all who attended the Booshike-Giin (It’s Your Decision) Alternatives to Opioids Youth Led Conference. The conference was jam-packed with fun, resources and storytelling including youth presentations on opioid addiction, Elder’s stories and responses, a tobacco presentation, traditional medicine and addiction, and a provider panel Q & A among others. We hope you left with the knowledge and inspiration needed to help combat the opioid crises.
Waaban Ogimaawag (Tomorrow's Leaders)
This summer our youth program, Waaban Ogimaawag (Tomorrows Leaders) is partnering with the Elders Lodge and three other American Indian Family Center programs: The Calm in the Middle of the Storm Program, Bimaadiziwin Mikana (The Path of Life) Parent Mentor Program, and Zuya Wo Ohiya (Journey to Success) Employment and Education Program. These partnerships are focused around education, building leadership and community service, and getting families to come together in the garden as a form of healing. We invite you to contact us if you have a youth who would be interested in joining in on the fun or if you wish to learn more about ways you can support the AIFC's youth engagement activities.
Where American Indian Families Thrive!