San Jose Native Youth Empowerment Program

Every Thursday from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

The SJNYEP is comprised of young Native youth ages 10-17yrs. The program provides case management services, peer support, cultural education, community connection and leadership opportunities. Native American traditions and values are incorporated into the curriculums to provide youth with effective interpersonal and social skills, respect, self-worth, responsibility and wellness.

Educational Support

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays by appointment

The objective of the Educational Support staff is to encourage and empower students to believe they can achieve their academic goals and offer tools to meet those goals. Our Education Support Coordinator works directly with each student to customize each plan alongside the tutors. This program is open to American Indian/Alaskan Native and Indigenous Youth of Santa Clara County.  Tutors are from local colleges in the area including DeAnza College, San Jose City College, San Jose State University and Stanford University.

Dance & Drum Classes

Tuesdays 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Weekly classes are held at the Roosevelt Community Center. Instructors teach a variety of pow wow dance styles and various songs associated with each style. This is an opportunity for the community to come together and a time for reflection about our heritage and the beauty of our living culture. Basic steps and singing are taught as well as protocol, responsibility and care for the Drum and all things related. Classes are free and open to the public.

Cultural Arts

Wednesdays, Quarterly Workshop Sessions

Cultural Arts Workshops offered are traditional Native American practices that have social uses and meanings that make them different from other arts: They strengthen the community and bind the people closely together and reinforce a sense of tribal identity. Community artists teach beadwork, sewing, quillwork, basketry and other forms of cultural expression.

Youth Council

Wednesdays 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Bi-monthly

The Future Generation’s Youth Council is a group of young leaders from 18-24yrs of age. These young adults are helping build a bridge for youth and adults to strengthen communication and relate to each other on different matters in the community. The Youth Council advocates for other youth and are role models for urban native youth in the South Bay Community.

Instilling Wellness through Workforce Development

The purpose of the American Indian/ Alaskan Native Youth Workforce Development Program is to increase cultural connectivity and employability in AI/AN youth between the ages of 14 and 24. The program is based on the premise that youth not only need strong cultural identities for wellness, but that they respond better to teachings provided in a cultural context.

Contact Information

Anecita Hernandez

408-445-3400-ext. 3300


Family Resource Center

602 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Traditional Paths to Wellness

6 week Series, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm on Wednesdays

The Traditional Path to Wellness workshop is intended to engage our American Indian/ Alaskan Native youth, parents, and community to support each other in discovering the inner strength and resiliency of their individual health and wellness balance. Our goal is that we will come together to collectively become a stronger community bonded in wellness through culture and tradition. Each workshop includes reoccurring teachings about healthy nutrition, traditional foods, physical health and exploring native cultural values of wellness. Participants will be led through the 4 themes of GONA cultural teachings: Belonging, Mastery, Interdependence and Generosity. This workshop is a 6 week series, meeting once a week in the evenings for 2 hours. A completion ceremony and certificate is presented on week 6 for all participants who completed the series. This workshop is free of charge with raffle prizes, fun games, dinner, youth workshops and free child care.

Traditional Services

Traditional Services are available by request.

Culture is Prevention

CIP Staff promote mental health wellness, education, cultural sharing, outreach, and community collaboration through workshops, trainings, presentations, and partnerships with local community organizations, schools, families and youth.

Native Connections

Restoring Balance for our Youth, Native Connections project is a five-year community planning program to look at suicide prevention within our Santa Clara County AI/AN community. Goals include: providing traditional teachings and activities as a form of suicide prevention and reinforcing protective factors. The community will also guide our systematic approach to developing crisis response protocols for our youth and families.


IHC CalWorks case management is offered to American Indian/Alaskan Native CalWorks and TANF recipients. Culturally competent support and supplemental services are offered by our staff. Transportation services are also available.

Red Vision

This program offers Substance Abuse Prevention Services for Native American/ Alaskan Native youth ages 12-24yrs living in California urban areas. Culturally appropriate wellness services include community social gatherings, classes/workshops, engagement groups and events.

Native Youth Initiative

‘Through this Initiative we host an annual camp out, The Gathering. This Gathering of Native Americans is for AI/AN families to spend quality time together to engage, learn, explore, and have fun! This event focuses on cultural forms of healing, which is essential to good health, happiness and overall wellness.