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NSU Presents Session at 2017 National Mentoring Summit

This February, the 2017 National Mentoring Summit was convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership in Washington D.C., and hosted panels and workshops that discussed key topics in the mentoring field. One session of particular importance, “Positive Practices in Mentoring Native Youth,” was hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Native Services Unit (NSU) and discussed mentoring in Native Lands. Carla Knapp, National Director of Native Services, along with Directors of Organizational Development Tim Reiplinger, Anna Calkins, and Kelly Concho-Hayes served as presenters for this interactive session.

The session gave participants an overview of BGCA’s Native Mentoring Program, shared Native Adaptations of BGCA programs, best practices, and lessons learned while mentoring Native youth. Panelists included Boys & Girls Clubs of Rosebud Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Glen Marshall, Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles CEO Heather Peterson, Boys & Girls Club of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation CEO Nathan Hale, and Pueblo of Pojoaque Boys & Girls Club CEO Andrea Garcia. Each of these leaders shared their mentoring experiences and best practices at their respective Clubs, and how each experience positively impacted their mentees and mentors. Several best practices surrounding mentor recruitment, sustainability, and cultural relevancy were discussed during the panel and open Q&A.

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Why Host an AmeriCorps VISTA?

What is a VISTA?

An AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) is a volunteer that serves a 1- year term of service while focusing on capacity building for an organization, not direct service. VISTA members receive benefits including a living allowance, health and dental coverage, training, and the choice of a Segal Education Award or end-of-service stipend. Members are local or national recruits and many are between 18-24 years old, although the program also attracts older adults as well. The value of a VISTA member is estimated to be $23.56/hour, which is $46,904 a year at no cost to the organization they are placed at.

What can they do for your Club?

An AmeriCorps VISTA is great for Boys & Girls Clubs because they can accomplish a wide range of tasks. They can secure resources to start a gardening program that Club staff will implement to teach members about healthy living and eating, work on grant writing to bring more funds in to the Club, and can work on community outreach and public relations to spread the influence of the Club. The VISTA member’s job is to build the capacity of your Club so that more youth can be reached through new and improved programs.

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