The Ninijanisag (Our Children) Program was launched in 1993 to combat startlingly high rates of violence, chemical use/abuse, suicide, and other self-compromising behaviors among American Indian youth. Ninijanisag teaches youth ages 8-17 about problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills in a community and cultural context. This multifaceted program focuses heavily on engagement and prevention – working to ground youth in Native culture while keeping them away from alcohol and substance abuse, teen dating violence, gang involvement, and potentially homelessness.

Traditional American Indian cultural activities are offered weekly and include drum and dance, sweat lodge, traditional crafting, talking circles, traditional storytelling, and intergenerational language tables. Leadership opportunities include public speaking, peer mentoring, and planning community cultural events.

Ninijanisag also provides support to the families of our youth. ADYC’s programs are grounded in the value that when we strengthen the lives of the people who surround our homeless youth, we increase their capacity to be successful.

For referral information please contact Karen Joy our Youth & Family Director.
1089 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
P: 651.227.4184 ext. 31
F: 651.224.5136

Click here to download the Ninijanisag Program Referral Form ACTIVE
and return to Karen Joy.















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