Waaniniigaanzijig Tribal Youth Council - "The Kids Did Everything"

Celebrating fitness: Tribal youth-led promotion of active living

"Waaniniigaanzijig" is an Ojibwe word for "those who lead." The mission of the Waaniniigaanzijig Tribal Youth Council in the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is to "make a difference." The tribe is based in St. Ignace at the southern end of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

Tamara (Tami) Sorensen coordinated youth services for the tribe, says "We heard about Celebrate Fitness! at UNITY’s national meeting in 2001 and I just jumped on it!"

"Youth in our youth council really liked social activities and events, so we ended up doing a lot of those things. And because this focused on physical activity, we had more male participation than we generally get."