Building Inclusive Program Spaces for Indigenous Youth

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, July 26, 2023
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"This was a really great refresher of skills and techniques to use with the youth I serve."

"There were a lot of great resources mentioned that would be really useful to a lot of the people I work with."

"I liked that it was mentioned several times for people to not only talk about the historical trauma and its impacts, but also historical resilience."

Your Training Description

As a youth worker, anything you can do to ensure your own program space is welcoming and safe for Indigenous youth will help reduce their risk for negative outcomes. An inclusive space, representing Indigenous culture and inviting connection with traditions and community, contributes to a much-needed and vital sense of belonging. Develop confidence to create culturally inclusive programming and encourage supportive dialogue. Learn how to draw on Indigenous tradition and culture to better support young people of various tribal connections in your program spaces.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the benefits of building and maintaining inclusive program spaces for Indigenous youth
  • Learn how to decrease risks Indigenous youth face by fostering cultural connections to strengthen their resilience
  • Explore options for learning opportunities about Indigenous culture and engagement with traditions and practices
  • Gain activities and tools you can include in your work with Indigenous youth

Your Trainer


Anne LaFrinier-Ritchie works as a Safe Harbor Regional Navigator for Someplace Safe in West Central Minnesota. She is a 2020 graduate of National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center's (NHTTAC) Human Trafficking Leadership Academy Class 5, which developed recommendations on how culture can be used as a protective factor against human trafficking among Indigenous youth. Anne has been working in the anti-trafficking field in direct services, training and technical assistance since 2016. Anne consults with NHTTAC on several projects, including creating an Indigenous trafficking curriculum. Anne is an active member of the YWCA Cass Clay Racial Justice Committee and is a board member for the Indigenous Association of Fargo-Moorhead and Mending the Sacred Hoop. Anne also provides training and technical assistance on the state and federal levels on providing culturally responsive services to Indigenous youth and families.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

You'll raise your awareness to appreciate diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

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