On August 26 and 27, 2014, leaders from Native Boys & Girls Clubs across six upper Midwest states gathered together for the first of five regional cluster trainings in Bismarck, ND. Over 80 Club staff, board members, and tribal leaders from sixteen organizations joined together to teach, learn, and interact with other professionals from Native Clubs and sites.
Participants were able to sustain and respect each community’s unique cultural values, traditions, and ways while building upon the vision of the Native Services Unit (NSU) and practicing integral concepts of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) movement. The event offered programmatic and leadership sessions on topics such as infusing culture into healthy lifestyles, academic success and good character/citizenship, using NYOI to effectively tell your story, resource development basics, federal grants management, human resource basics, serving teens with impact, board development basics, and dialogues on challenges.
For more information, including resources shared at the gathering, sign up for an account with NAClubs.org and visit the “For Club Professionals” tab where you can find resources from multiple past trainings and conferences!
Above: (from left to right) Ryan Eagle, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Three Affiliated Tribes; Brian Yazzie, National Director of Native Services, BGCA; and Geri Small Boys Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation. Ryan and Geri were the co-chairs and co-hosting organizations for the event.
Left: Clubs staff, board members, and CPOs joined together with fellow professionals from Native Clubs to further their knowledge about implementing programs and being strong leaders.