BGCA Great Think for Indian Country

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Great Think series is designed to facilitate innovative public-private collaborations that ensure great futures for America’s youth. On Tuesday, July 12, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) hosted over 100 experts from government agencies, corporate entities, leading researchers and non-government organizations to address the unique challenges faced by youth in Indian Country. Participants were asked to identify collaborative solutions that can create positive change in Native communities so that youth can attain the necessary resources to achieve a great future.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell spoke at the event and shared her encouragement and hope for the Native youth in attendance by saying, “Resilience isn’t just how strong you are, or how smart you are on your own. We go farther together. When we have each other, we have hope. So take a moment to look at this room – your fellow youth leaders, and all of the adults who are so eager to help you succeed. We all have each other. And we have so much hope – in you.”

As a result of the heartfelt dialogues and the active participation of Native youth during this meeting, BGCA will develop a white paper identifying the key themes, insightful recommendations, and innovative solutions that arose from the panel presentations, round table discussions and group exercises.

BGCA and the Native Services Unit is privileged and honored to benefit from the participation of so many dedicated people, and we thank the Great Think attendees for their time and commitment to help drive solutions to serve the youth in Indian Country. We look forward to continued collaboration with you to support Native youth.

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