2017 Comprehensive Campaign Update

Ain Dah Yung Center is so proud of the Ain Dah Yung Center dancers who performed and were featured at Mayor Melvin Carter’s Mayoral inauguration!

A dancer with the Ain Dah Yung Center Dance Group performs during the inauguration of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III at Central High School in St. Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. (Pioneer Press / John Autey)


We are pleased to be working with Principal, Mike Laverdure from DSGW and Director of First American Design whose beautiful renderings you will see in this video.

It’s an exciting time for Ain Dah Yung Center as it explores embarking upon a major fundraising campaign to address the needs of the children and families they serve. ADY Center has partnered with Fox Advancement, a development firm with 20 years’ experience in dedicating the resources of its entire firm to ensure ADYC’s project and fundraising goals are met.

Ain Dah Yung Center is also working alongside Project for Pride in Living (PPL), as they propose a permanent supportive housing project together, with myriad community partners such as Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), the City of St. Paul, the Met Council, Tribal and Foundation support. The proposed facility will include 42 efficiency apartments, large gathering spaces and teaching kitchens on each floor, a cultural center that darkens completely for American Indian ceremonies, and private offices where youth can access resources specific to their needs.  This is the place where youth can imagine a promising future.

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Over the past several weeks, Fox Advancement has met with stakeholders, donors and institutional funders for a formal feasibility study.  This formal feasibility study, guided by a volunteer feasibility study task force, will shape the Comprehensive Capital Campaign goals, identify campaign leadership, and determine lead gifts that will allow Ain Dah Yung Center to realize both their capital and capacity-building goals.

Capacity-building is on the forefront of every one’s mind at ADYC as they prepare to scale their existing services to meet the needs of a dedicated housing project for Native youth ages 18-24, along with services to accommodate the ADYC’s current operations to include: new staff to deliver wraparound services including mental and medical health, family advocacy, Indian Child Welfare Act support, life skills, case management and cultural teachings.

How you can help!

Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of future Campaign planning, as there are many opportunities: hosting a house party to learn more about ADYC and the Campaign, telethon, campaign planning committee, church group involvement, employer matching programs and more!

Join us in creating a home where youth are given the resources and relationships to establish a new found sense of pride and Native identity so that they can build the bright future that so many of them desire.







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