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Supporting Native Youth

Native youth today are facing unique challenges. While Boys & Girls Clubs of America has proudly partnered with Native communities and tribal leaders to serve American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth for over 20 years, we are ever striving to reach more Native youth on and off of reservations and to provide communities with assistance to help youth overcome any obstacles that they may face to living a healthy life.

Recently six staff members from BGCA headquarters in Atlanta traveled through Native lands around the country providing 16 Boys & Girls Clubs with training in nutrition education and in STEM programming. The six staff members, in turn, are using their newfound knowledge to train staff at Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) residential schools to leverage mobile devices to guide students through hands-on STEM projects as well as culturally relevant curriculums, visiting the BIE schools at least once a week. Ongoing support to implement these curriculums will result in an increased capacity for Boys & Girls Clubs to serve Native youth in the areas that are vital for any youth in order to grow into a healthy adult prepared for a great future.

As a result of the training provided to staff at these 16 Native Clubs on nutrition education programming more Native youth are now participating in BGCA's outcome-driven program Healthy Habits. Youth learn basic cooking techniques, how to shop for affordable healthy groceries, and how to utilize community resources like traditional foods to make healthy meals for themselves and their families. The focus on nutrition education and healthy habits empowers Clubs to equip Native youth with the skills and information they need to work around the obstacles and resource constraints, which in many needy communities, limit access youth and families’ access to fresh and nutrition food.

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March 22-28th Named North Dakota Boys & Girls Club Week

Governor Jack Dalrymple has issued a proclamation naming March 22-28, 2015 as Boys & Girls Club week
in North Dakota! Citing Boys & Girls Clubs’ measured successes in high school retention, cultural exchange and preservation,
suicide prevention, and more, the Governor has encouraged North Dakotans to recognize the State’s Boys & Girls Club
organizations for providing comprehensive and effective services to their young people.

North Dakota is home to over 20 Boys & Girls Club units including seven Native Club sites managed by the Boys & Girls Clubs
of the Three Affiliated Tribes.

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