Our Language and Cultural programs provide a space where youth come to develop life skills, learn culture, make friends and stay on track academically. We are a prevention and early intervention program open to pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students, offering a wide range of fun and educational activities.
Our Blended Learning Model merges online and in-person instruction. We focus on Huch’ulyeshi, the Dena’ina concept of “living in the outdoors.”
Learners in our Language and Cultural Programs have access to cultural activities such as our Jabila’ina Dance Group, Del Dumi Intertribal Drum Group, Ggugguyni Native Youth Olympic Team, and opportunities such as language and cultural camps throughout the year.
Other activities teach archery skills, healthy eating habits and highlight the risks of using drugs and alcohol. We offer study hall and tutoring during the school year, camps during summer and many activities during winter.
Our Kenaitze Youth Language and Cultural staff look forward to meeting new learners. Please contact us to connect with our cultural programming and apply for our Blended Learning program.
Youth Cultural Opportunities
Del Dumi Drum Group
This group encourages sobriety, respect and pride through traditional drum songs. The group performs at significant Tribal gatherings and travels to non-local events. All students in seventh through 12th grades are encouraged to participate.
This program encourages students to make healthy lifestyle choices, focusing on nutrition, teen pregnancy, and avoiding drugs and alcohol. Designed and operated in partnership with the Division of Juvenile Justice, this program is open to youth in grades seven through 12.
Jabila’ina Dance Group
This group has a rich and deep tradition and has performed at many local and state events. Jabila’ina means “People of the Rainbow.” Tribal Elder Peter Kalifornsky gave us this name, and the group works to preserve his legacy.
Native Youth Olympics
One of our most popular programs, members of the Ggugguyni Native Youth Olympics Team practice traditional sports and learn the importance of sportsmanship. Participants develop strength, balance, endurance and coordination, and compete in events across the state. The junior team is open to youth in first through sixth grades, while the senior team is open to those in seventh through 12th grades.
Contact – Location
130 S. Willow St., Suite 5
Kenai, AK 99611