Responding to Cultural Needs of Indigenous Youth

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Anne is AMAZING. The historical context she provided was important and the resources, suggestions, and personal experiences she shared were a gift."

"I will recommend this training to all of my colleagues. It was thorough, grounded in history, and applicable to my daily work."

"The presenter was fantastic and did a great job making this important history accessible and easy to understand. While the material was so heavy at times, it is so important for us all to know and understand as best we are able to."

Your Training Description

Understanding and responding to the cultural needs of Indigenous youth is an important skill set for every youth worker. By weaving cultural practices into your programs, you can foster healing, and reduce risk factors for Indigenous youth. Your connection can strengthen their resilience. Look into the roots of historical trauma for Indigenous people and learn how that trauma continues to impact them. With understanding, you will be better prepared to provide the needed cultural connection and support that builds their resilience and reduces harm.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Identify commonalities and differences among Indigenous people in the United States
  • Gain an understanding of the impact of boarding schools and other sources of historical trauma on Indigenous people in the United States
  • Recognize how access to culture can amplify resilience and decrease risk for various concerns in the lives of Indigenous young people
  • Learn ways to incorporate access to Indigenous culture for Indigenous youth in your programs

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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