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Engaging Teens During the School Year

It can be extremely easy for teens to get restless in school around the holidays, especially if they are juniors or seniors. We must remember that keeping them active, engaged, and involved at the Club can mean the difference between being successful or struggling during this time of the year. Of course, keeping a teen engaged is easier said than done. But we’d like you to consider the following:

Since teens do not always appreciate having restrictions imposed on them, think about implementing open-ended, creative, and/or teen-led activities during your scheduled programs. For those teens that are particularly uninvolved, consider conducting an interest inventory for them. This can take place in the form of a survey they can fill out, or have your staff members talk to them and record their answers. Knowing the interests of your teens can help your Club tailor lessons and activities so that they will feel personally invested in what is going on, since they will feel it is relevant to them. You could also have them choose from a list of activity options to gauge what they would be interested in participating in, while at the same time being mindful of what is possible to implement at your Club.

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Cultural Program Toolbox

Are you looking to establish more culturally relevant programming at your Club? Do you feel like there aren’t enough opportunities for your youth to engage in activities such as cooking traditional foods or playing traditional games? Look no further than the Cultural Program Toolbox! The Toolbox was developed by the BGCA's Native Services Unit (NSU). The NSU recognizes the need for culturally relevant services to provide for Native youth, and the Cultural Program Toolbox is one way they are fulfilling that need. The Toolbox can now be found on our Publications page.

The Toolbox is designed to give Native Clubs some examples and ideas of what they can do to run culturally-specific programs at their Club. It also includes sample documents such as a sample MOA, a sample Native Arts Grant template, and a sample job description for a Cultural Arts Coordinator. (Note: The links above to these Word documents can be edited directly by Clubs who plan to use them). 

Special thanks to the Native Advisory Committee (NAC) members for their contributions towards this amazing resource! The hope is that their vision of expanded cultural programming in Native Clubs will come to fruition with the development and use of this resource.

Click here to view the Cultural Program Toolbox! 

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