MIGIZI Board of Directors adopted the following strategic directives/goals in 2005: 1) to continue to deliver high quality programming that strengthens Indian families and improves the life chances of Indian children; 2) to use our position as a local and national Indian nonprofit leader to model and promote cultural assets-based approaches in organizational operations and program delivery; and 3) to retool and enhance MIGIZI’s media infrastructure to take advantage of 21st century new media opportunities.
These Strategic Directives and MIGIZI’s mission are carried out through two major program divisions: First Person Productions (media/communications), Native Academy® (academic and wholistic youth development). In addition to our programmatic work, MIGIZI contributes to community leadership and policy initiatives that further our mission.
Through First Person Productions (FPP), we provide service and programming in telecommunications, and New Media including training students in entrepreneurism and multi-media production in order to prepare them for 21st century careers. MIGIZI is also part of a larger national network of Native media organizations, the Native Media and Telecommunications Network (NMTN). The Network focuses on telecommunications training and content development from a Native perspective.
Native Academy (NAC) is a middle and high school program focusing on science, technology, and math that has developed into a nationally recognized model for Indian student success. The program currently works with 250 students in middle and high school and has a primary goal of increasing the academic performance, graduation rates, and postsecondary enrollment rates of Indian students. NAC works in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools, the Achieve Minneapolis’ Step-Up Youth Employment Program and several other community-based organizations. The program has been in operation since 1995, and has demonstrated success in improving Indian student attendance rates and academic performance based on comparative data compiled and reported by the Minneapolis Public Schools Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Department.
In everything we do, MIGIZI works to develop emerging leadership and provide access to opportunities for growth including supporting staff participation in initiatives that will strengthen the sector and that will lead to policies that reclaim broader success within the community.