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.
Boozhoo/Hau Golden Eagles Families!
We are planning on what the upcoming school year will look like for us, you, and your
children! The Ginew/Golden Eagle Program will provide educational help during the school day,
because most, if not all, MPS Schools will be starting off with Distant/Remote Learning. Our
group time is changing, along with the days for when the younger kids and teens will be
COVID & SOCIAL DISTANCING (MAIC) POLICY
1. MASK IS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES INSIDE THE BUILDING.
2. Practice social distancing when you’re not attending Group. If you are attending
activities around large crowds of people, please take it upon yourself to not come to
Group, as you are now putting people at risk.
3. Parents will need to call staff when they arrive. Parents will be required to walk their
children to the front doors.
4. We will be checking temperatures as soon as you enter the building. Please wait for the
temperature to be checked before leaving. If the child exceeds the 100 degree limit, they
will not be able to participate in the day’s activities.
5. Sanitize hands.
GOLDEN EAGLES POLICY
1. SPACE IS LIMITED! There is a 10 child capacity for Group. We hope to be able
to have more participants once we feel it is safe.
2. There will be NO pick ups or drop offs in vans from Golden Eagles until further
notice. Families will be responsible for getting their child to Group.
3. Calls will happen every Monday to confirm kids for the week.
a. If we do not hear from families by 4 pm on monday, we will be contacting
other families who are on the Waiting List.
4. Calls will happen the day of the group from 10 – 11:00 am for confirmation but
feel free to call us for confirmation.
Mondays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
We will be available at the Indian Center to help parents/caregivers with questions about remote learning and navigating the online school work. The Native FAN (Fitness and Nutrition) program will also have activities in the gym. Kids are encouraged to come if accompanied by parents/ caregivers. A snack or light dinner will be provided.
Tuesday – Ages 5-10
Wednesday – BOTH AGE GROUPS
Thursday – Ages 11+
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
(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
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
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
Main Line: (612) 879-1708
GE Cell: (612) 308-6314
Yeeleng “G” Vue
Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
Ginew/Golden Eagles Youth Coordinator
Congratulations to our director Julie Green for putting in the hard work, commitment, and energy.
Also thank you to YIPA for making a beautiful award for nominees. Ending the year extra strong!!!