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We're going to go ahead and start off by saying hello to our guests. WHO's joining us out of Saint Paul Minnesota deb foster? She is the executive director for the India young and she is in mcroy. Ojibway from the Eagle Quin deb. Thank you for joining us for another one. Far Native America calling discussions thank you and how inspiring to just hear what this center aims to do especially for our homeless youth I and especially this age group. We know this is A group that often is left out left in the margins Tell us a little bit about when all all of this got started to make a special place for this group. Yes well The India Young Center has been and was started back in nineteen. Eighty three in response to Youth have been homeless And the red schoolhouse. K. through seven Educational Program noticing that they're young people were becoming homeless and so we started the emergency shelter alter and from there have just continued to grow our programs to be responsive to the needs of our community. And so we have Mini any genocide which is a prevention program. Our shelter Oh Yuck Gee which is a program for Equa court monitoring and services family advocacy children's mental health. We have a Transitional Housing Program for sixteen to twenty one year old and so it was probably about nine years ago when We realized that we were seeing our eighteen year. Enrolled in Nineteen Year olds dropping back into homelessness. And the reasons that many of us are aware of include turning eighteen and so therefore they're losing all of their benefits They're aging out of foster care with no place to go Many of them had extended their Short term housing options and so that was a very big concern. Earn for us and that many of our young people were not able to complete their educational goal or to sustain gainful employment -pointment and certainly we're struggling with Mainstream housing options and so forth. So we Began a vision that that we needed to capture these young people and give them some of the long term healing opportunities a -tunities and programming opportunities in housing opportunities. These young people needed in order to be able to sustain Those activities that they were already involved in such as education and workforce and trying to find housing and so forth so We I started out very early on with a lot of Community engagement and Connecting with young people who were homeless or had been homeless at the Previously to gather the information that was necessary to lead this project So everything that we did with this project was really designed around what the young people who were struggling needed it and wanted such as They wanted to be able to be close to transportation. So we're right. On the Light Rail. They wanted to be close to education food. Jobs things like that and so That was the beginning of our vision and From there are we just Did some early connections with the community members with our legislators The city the state eight and just kind of garnering a lot of support providing a lot of education a why this was so prevalent and why this was so needed and with that then we began to move forward to establish the right partners To make this a reality So it really was a response to our young people and Those eighteen particularly eighteen to twenty four year roles. That were falling right back into homelessness In deb this whole time as the planning was going on you're going to meetings Discussions were were happening. I'm sure your mind drifted back to these young individuals and what it would really mean for them to have a permanent place to stay and really get that footing to go to another a step in their life when you were thinking of those individuals. How much did that drive you to to? I WanNa make sure this happened to see those doors open. It was the core of everything that This at this building is We have as most of us know we have the highest disparities of of education and unemployment poverty and It's the reason is we know this is that our young on people are struggling with a sense of who they are as young native people You know the historical trauma that everybody everybody is aware of is something that oftentimes people think. Is You know so long ago. Kind of a get over it kind of thing and it really. It was something that lasted into the nineteen eighties the boarding school era. And all of that. And so what's happening. Is that that we have grandparents and parents who are who were potentially in boarding school doing the best. They can to try and raise young people but have been stripped of their culture their traditions their language and In sense of identity and so what is happening is that we're trying to provide resources for young people without first taking care of the initial needs the needs of our young people in our families which is to provide an opportunity for them to heal To you to reestablish or strengthen their sense of identity as young native people and to reestablish a sense of pride As a for a young person and until that is done until one has a sense of who they are a restored sense of who they are Really trying to push young people to just just graduate from high school. You'll be lying or just get a job you'll be fine. You know. Find a place to live. You'll be fine. Hasn't worked and is never going to work and so it was very in this building Is All about providing first and foremost that place at opportunities and experiences for these young people to who establish that sense of identity and He'll come to to be to be to be full humans in a really appreciate you explaining bat

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