United American Indian Involvement, Inc.'s (UAII) Walking In a New Direction (WIND) Program will provide culturally relevant substance use and suicide prevention and early intervention services to American Indian/Alaska Native youth and young adults throughout Los Angeles County, targeting those between the ages of 14 to 24. Of UAII's current client base, approximately 16% are youth and young adults, and recent data from UAII's patient registration system indicate that 13% of these youth screened positive for depression at intake and were referred for mental health treatment. Services will be provided through UAII's Robert Sundance Family Wellness Center, with a focus on strength-based strategies to develop protective factors through a combination of educational, recreational and cultural activities. Project goals are to empower youth to take charge of their own health and wellness; encourage community wellness by offering cultural activities, workshops and community gatherings to disseminate information on healing trauma; and increasing staff capacity to respond to youth in crisis. UAII proposes to use Native Connections funding to provide educational workshops on depression, suicide and substance use prevention; offer recreational activities to encourage healthy coping skills; and provide culturally-based activities to empower youth and build self-esteem. Other program activities include: providing youth with leadership development opportunities; engaging community partners and strengthening collaborations; increasing staff knowledge about youth depression, suicide and suicide prevention; disseminating prevention information to build community resilience; and revising postvention protocols and procedures. UAII will use a combination of mainstream evidence-based practices and culturally-based practices including Project Venture, American Indian Life Skills, Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) and ASIST suicide intervention. The program will serve 250 unduplicated individuals annually through workshops and activities, screenings and referrals, community events and outreach efforts, with the number of clients increasing by 15% annually.