American Indian Multicultural Civic Engagement Program Sites

What is the Multicultural Civic Engagement Program? 

The Civic Engagement Program is a retention initiative to promote and encourage community involvement and academic excellence for multicultural students. The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) has selected and coordinated culturally specific volunteer sites for student’s participation. The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence provides a scholarship for program participants after they have taken part in a civic engagement project that MCAE has designated.


If you are interested in participating in the Multicultural Civic Engagement Program please read more about the program and eligibity requirements to start volunteering at one of these sites in the American Indian community.


Ain Dah Yung

There is one position available.  This MCEP student would be on the planning committee and at the pow wow in the spring. 

Site contact: Information Coming Soon!

Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center

1089 Portland Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55104

P:  651.227.4184

F:  651.224.5136

E:  Information Coming Soon!

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Division of Indian Work

Youth Leadership Development Program

All volunteers attend an orientation, which includes reviewing and discussing our volunteer handbook and guidance on how to tutor.  We keep them well informed of our schedule, giving them a calendar and giving them advanced notice of any closure dates such as holidays when we would not have group.  We also stick to a schedule.  Our volunteers know that we only do tutoring and homework during their sessions.  No unexpected field trips or other events are ever scheduled during tutoring sessions.  We try to retain our young people for the entire school year and strive to pair them up with the same tutor each week.  Our tutors really get to develop a relationship with the young people they tutor.  They can see how they make a difference, which motivates them to continue helping. 

Our Schedule:

Monday tutoring for ages 7-12 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Tuesday Tutoring for ages 7-12 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm


Our school-year programs start mid- September 2013 and end early in June 2014


Site Contact: Chiffon Potter

Youth Worker and Volunteer Coordinator

Youth Leadership Development Program

Division of Indian Work

1001 East Lake StreetMinneapolis Mn 55407

P: 612-722-8722  Ext, 371

F: 612-722-8669


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A background check and an additional application is required.

3 positions available on Mondays and 5 positions available on Tuesdays


Ginew/Golden Eagles

The Ginew/Golden Eagle Program is an after-school program serving Native American youth ages 5-18.  The program meets Monday-Thursday each week at the Minneapolis, American Indian Center, with different age groups meeting each night. The mission of the program is to help inner-city Native American youth develop skills they need to make positive life choices by strengthening their cultural identity. In addition to covering the cultural curriculum, the program focuses on activities including homework help, gym time, community service, arts and crafts, field trips, guest speakers, and many other things.

Students who are interested in volunteering are asked to pick at least one night a week that they come consistently. By coming the same night each week they will be able to get to know the same age group and those kids will get to know the volunteers. As a volunteer, students will be activity assistants and will be with the kids throughout the night, helping them with homework, playing with them in the gym, and assisting with any other activities scheduled.


Our schedule is as follows:

Monday: 8-10 year olds, 5:15pm-7:30pm

Tuesday: 5-7 year olds, 5:15pm-7:00pm

Wednesday and Thursday: 11-18 year olds, 5:15pm-8:00pm


Site contact: Rachel Greenwalt

Ginew/Golden Eagle's Volunteer Coordinator

Minneapolis American Indian Center

1530 E Franklin AveMinneapolis, MN 55404

P: 612-879-1754


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The University of Minnesota and MIGIZI Communications are collaborating to provide an opportunity for students to work with local American Indian high school students and American Indian elementary/middle school students. The goal of Native Academy Connections (NAC) is to significantly increase the number of American Indian students in Minneapolis who are prepared for post-secondary education.  Historically, American Indian students have been the most complicated group to recruit and retain at the University of Minnesota.  American Indian students also have higher high school drop-out rates than other groups and among the lowest graduation rates.   The Native Academy Connections Project will give you, a current University of Minnesota student, an opportunity to impact those facts.


Native Academy has two tracks that University of Minnesota students have the opportunity to participate in.  1) Working with students at Anishinabe Academy, and 2) Working with students from South High School.


Anishinabe Academy Native Academy option:

In this option, you will be working with elementary and middle school aged American Indian students on basic skills, especially math and reading.  There is also a time option: from 10am-12 noon at the school, or after the school day from 2pm-5pm (both will take place at Anishinabe Academy).  This option requires the following:


  • Register and maintain full time student status
  • Have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file
  • Maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher each semester
  • Complete a background check form
  • Must have unmet financial need


This option provides a $350.00 award for completing the following requirements:


  • Complete all classes as a full time student each semester
  • Maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher
  • Make at least three check-in appointments with a Circle of Indigenous Nations Staff Member
  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours each semester