The mission of the Youth Center at The San Diego American Indian Health Center is to guide Native American youth and other community youth towards their full potential as healthy, well-rounded young adults through the use of cultural, traditional, and non-Western modes of healing. We envision a community of well-adjusted youth who have reached their full potential as healthy young adults.

We welcome young people ages 10 to 24 of any background, and offer a wide-range of programs. The Youth Center provides a unique opportunity to enhance the life of youth through cultural exploration, wellness activities, and social interaction. We encourage youth to stay physically and mentally active while exploring their creativity and Native American heritage in a positive, inclusive, and safe environment where they can develop a healthy cultural self-identity.

Youth can access health care services on site such as medical, dental, HIV testing, and referral to counseling services. There are also structured activities each day, which include health and wellness groups and culture classes. Please see below for more detailed information about the daily programs and activities offered at the Youth Center.

Contact Us

For more information about Youth Center programs, sign up for email updates here, or contact the Youth Center: (619) 234-1352 or email:

Visit Us

2560 1st Avenue, Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92103
Open M-F from 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL)

HEAL emphasizes outdoor activity and nutritious eating to help youth live a healthy lifestyle. Participants also develop the leadership skills necessary to encourage peers to do the same.


Culture Keepers

Culture Keepers preserves traditional Native American values and practices through storytelling and other activities rooted in cultural identity and community.


Creative Arts

Creative Arts promotes self-expression and meaning-making through art, thereby enabling youth to reduce stress and improve communication skills in a fun environment.

I Strengthen My Nation

I Strengthen My Nation is an alcohol and drug prevention education program that emphasizes Native pride to help young people make empowering life choices and realize the satisfaction that comes with a substance-free lifestyle.



Thrive utilizes inspirational speakers, cultural educators, and field trips to support and inspire group members to maximize their strengths and achieve success and wellness.

HHSAThis program is made possible by the support of the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services Division with funding provided by the State of California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention Program.