Program Details

Ginew/Golden Eagle

The Ginew/Golden Eagle Program is a year-round after school program serving American Indian youth ages 5-18. Located in the Minneapolis American Indian Center, the program follows a 23-unit, culturally-specific curriculum designed to enhance the resiliency of American Indian youth.  Participants are eligible for transportation to and from the program if they live or attend school within the program’s transportation boundaries.

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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Ginew/Golden Eagle Program is to help American Indian youth strengthen and develop life skills which will give them the knowledge to make healthy choices.

The goals of the Ginew/Golden Eagle Program are:

  • 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 ages 5 to 18 unless otherwise noted below)

Health & Fitness

  • Culturally-specific health education curriculum covering a variety of health and life choices issues relevant to American Indian youth, including prevention of abuse of alcohol, commercial tobacco, and other drugs
  • Physical activity promoted through open recreation, the SPARK program in the gymnasium, and field trips
  • Participate each year in the Indian Youth Olympics
  • A healthy meal is provided to each youth, every evening

Indian Youth Study Time

  • After school tutoring program, with volunteer tutors from area colleges and universities to work with youth to complete homework and enhance their Math, Reading, and Social Studies skills

Youth Intervention

  • Works with youth who have problems with truancy, are involved in the judicial system, have completed a chemical dependency program, and/or have dropped out of school

Youth Leadership Activities & Commercial Tobacco Prevention

  • Youth ages 12 to 18 learn about the difference between commercial tobacco and traditional tobacco and the harms caused by commercial tobacco.
  • Youth develop leadership skills through community-based participatory research, getting involved in policy education and advocacy around commercial tobacco-related issues impacting the community
  • Youth provide peer education to younger Golden Eagle youth about tobacco-related issues
  • Youth help provide resources and information to the community on quitting smoking


  • Children/Youth who identify as American Indian ages 5 to 18 (non-Native youth are welcome as well if they want to participate in culturally-focused program)
  • Youth ages 5 to 10 are served on Monday and Tuesday after-school/evenings
  • Youth ages 11-18 are served on Wednesday and Thursday after-school/evenings
  • Youth from all areas are welcome, though transportation is provided only within the transportation boundaries of the program


For more information contact Ginew Golden Eagles Program at:

Main Desk, General Information
(612) 879-1708

Julie Green, Program Director
(612) 879-1765

Misha Loeffler, Youth Activities & Tobacco Free Coordinator
(612) 879-1783

Yeeleng Vue “G”, Youth Activities & Tobacco Free Coordinator
(612) 879-1772

Aaron Hammerly, Youth Activities Worker
(612) 879-1708

Shane Thompson, Youth Activities Worker
(612) 879-1708

Shannon Livingston – Harris, VISTA
(612) 879-1764