Ain Dah Yung Center

Ain Dah Yung Center

Case study

For more than 30 years, Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) has served American Indian children and their families in Minnesota through emergency shelter, street outreach, culturally responsive mental health services and interventions, transitional housing, life skills training, parenting education, family preservation services, and Indian Child Welfare Act court and legal advocacy. The idea for a permanent supportive housing project in St. Paul, Minnesota for young adults grew out of a clear need. The need to end youth homelessness. First American Design Studio and DSGW Architects lead the planning process for the youth housing facility with the ADYC advisory council that included board members, folks from the community and most importantly Native youth. They brainstormed what the building would look like, where it would be, and what was important to the kids. They had numerous meetings visualizing what this project would need to have to be truly successful. The result is a design that reflects Native American culture and includes: 42 efficiency apartments, large gathering spaces, teaching kitchens on each floor, a cultural center that darkens completely for American Indian ceremonies, and private offices where youth can access resources specific to their needs. A capital campaign is currently underway to raise funds to build and operate this new facility. To learn more visit http://adycenter.org/

 

 

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