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Expanding the Circle: Transition Resources for American Indian Youth

Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future

American Indian students who prepare for the transition from high school to postsecondary experiences based on a clear understanding of themselves and their mental, physical, spiritual, emotional selves are more likely to weather this transition smoothly. Add to this awareness the ability to set goals, organize, communicate, self-advocate, problem solve, and work in teams, and young adults are able to face the challenges of the future.

The Expanding the Circle curriculum offers culturally relevant activities that facilitate the successful transition from high school to postsecondary experiences for American Indian students. The curriculum is designed to help youth explore who they are, what skills they need, and what their options are for life after high school. Lessons are designed for use by teachers as well as elders, community members, or other professionals who may work with American Indian youth. Learn more about the curriculum and how to order

We're honored to have presented and participated in the Frames for Change conference offered by the Institute on Community Integration this past September 2013!


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Two-day training opportunities available.

On-site training

Training is available on site by request. A variety of options are available based on your community need. See sample agenda for more information.


Finding Our Voice

A video DVD and curriculum highlighting four American Indian youth participating in transition activities designed to prepare them for life after high school. Brian, Brenda, Geno, and Valarie discuss the positive life changes they experienced during their participation in these activites, such as higher expectations for themselves, a stronger connection to their community, and a sense of pride in their American Indian heritage. Learn more about Finding Our Voice and how to order.



Intersecting Art

A new website filled with lesson plans created by working teachers for American Indian and non-American Indian students in grades K-8 to enhance their interest, understanding, enthusiasm, and performance in standards-based subjects.


For Entrepreneurs

A new curriculum to help young American Indians become successful small business owners. Read more.

ETC Bibliography

An annotated list of resources to support Theme II and Theme III of Expanding the Circle have been added to our resource section. Check it out!


Expanding the Circle is located at the Institute on Community Integration, UCEDD in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Funded by the US Department of Education Offices of OIE and OSEP.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.