To empower American Indian youth with culturally and community based education and work experience.
Nawayee is an Ojibwe word that means the center. Center School, known by many in the community as Nawayee Center School, works from the center of the Indian community to deliver a transformative education, grounded in indigenous life-ways, and a love of learning.
55 Native American youth attend Center School. Most of them are very poor and have been failed by other schools. Center School is for many their last hope for obtaining an education. For 40 years, the school has provided an academic program that integrates Indigenous wisdom, support services to help students struggling with drugs, depression, early pregnancy or homelessness, and a variety of enrichment opportunities that keep kids engaged.
Our holistic approach to education includes:
“We must offer our children extraordinary opportunities to help them cope with their extraordinary challenges,” says Board Chair, LeMoine LaPointe. Your gift will provide Nawayee Center School students with those extraordinary opportunities.
"Transforming school from a place our children HAVE to be, to a place they WANT to be"