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My.Future (Native Adaptation)

Thank you for participating in the joint BGCA – Verizon project in support of the Native Clubs and the Bureau of Indian Education Dormitory Schools! Through this project, trainers from Boys & Girls Clubs will work with BIE Dormitory parents and staff to utilize Nokia tablets with BGCA programming.

The following are program options provided through BGCA:

My.Future Essentials

My.Future Essentials is a foundational digital literacy program created by BGCA. Through the partnership between BGCA’s Native Services Unit and Verizon, the curriculum was reviewed to provide Native Clubs with an adaptation of the curriculum that is more reflective of Native culture. Local Clubs have the ability to create their own supplemental activities that reflect their culture and traditions.

Click here to learn about the big ideas and anticipations for this grant related to cultural storytelling.
Click here to access the My.Future website.
Click here to download the My.Future Adaptation.

Check out some cultural videos!


Stride Academy

Stride Academy provides Dorm students with access to a leading math and ELA practice tool they can use to improve their skills and have fun by playing games all the while! Access to Stride Academy is provided through local BGC Contacts. If you do not know who your BGC contact is for your participating Dormitory, please Carla Knapp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In addition, the following resources are important:

Dorm Setup Spreadsheet – Dorm Supervisors, complete this and e-mail to your BGC contact
Reference Guide for Administrators – How to create and manage your Dorm account
Reference Guide for Dorm Leaders – How to create and manage “classes” of students

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Project Learn (Native Adaptation)

In 1996, Boys & Girls Clubs of America developed a comprehensive academic enhancement strategy in partnership with education researcher Dr. Reginald Clark called Project Learn. This comprehensive strategy underwent a rigorous evidence-based evaluation that demonstrated its effectiveness in creating positive outcomes for youth in school behavior and performance.

Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. This comprehensive program strategy is based on research showing that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities.

Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, storytelling, traditional language, discussions with knowledgeable adults and or elders, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games like Scrabble that develop young people’s cognitive skills.

Project Learn is not a curriculum or a stand-alone program. It is a comprehensive strategy that can incorporate every area of the Club. It is a way to approach everything at the Club in a unique and fun way that results in learning. Every activity at the Club can be a learning experience!

Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members ages 6-18.

BGCA’s Native Services Unit has reviewed the Project Learn curriculum to provide Native Clubs with an adaptation of the curriculum that is more reflective of Native culture.

Click here to view the Native Adaptation.

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Workforce Development (Native Adaptation)

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) recognized a need in programming for teens as they prepare for the workforce. The “Workforce Development Initiative” capitalizes on existing job skills and career development programs to create and implement a robust local workforce development program. The program will prepare teens to enter the workforce while engaging local employers as they are preparing for the next generation of workers.

The Workforce Development Initiative provides Clubs and Club professionals with resources and support necessary to facilitate programming. Furthermore, BGCA has provided an assessment tool to help organizations assess their capacity to implement a workforce development program. BGCA has recognized that Native Boys & Girls Clubs would benefit from having a culturally aware tool for professionals to use when assessing their ability to integrate this program into their Club. The assessment tool provides step by step procedures that will prepare Club staff to facilitate the programming. Each section acknowledges unique workforce opportunities for Native youth such as becoming Tribal department employees.

Click here to view the Native Adaptation of the Workforce Development Assessment Tool. The Workforce Development Implementation Guide can also be found on BGCA.net.

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Be There (Native Adaptation)

The Be There initiative supports Clubs in creating a high-quality Club Experience for all youth by investing in building a safe, positive environment, establishing supportive relationships, and creating a sense of belonging. Be There is a comprehensive approach to help Clubs and BGCA-affiliated youth centers build supportive relationships and integrate best practices in supporting youth experiencing bereavement and other major life altering losses. We not only want to help our youth process through their grief, but we also want to include resilience development as part of the long-term approach in preparing our youth to reach their full potential. Be There provides trainings, resources and strategies that help Clubs and youth centers increase their capacity to support youth, staff and families who are grieving. The strategies that are offered in this toolkit are meant to support your Club (youth center) in building strong supportive relationships among your youth, staff, families and community.

Grief is an all too familiar experience for many of the young people we serve. It is estimated that 1 in 20 children in the United States will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18 and the vast majority of children will experience other major life altering losses by the time they reach young adulthood. In fact, Native American suicide rates are two and a half times the national average, and native teens experience the highest rate of suicide of any population group in the United States. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth between the ages of 15-24.

Most of our Club kids will experience a major life altering loss before they reach young adulthood. The list of grief-inducing experiences is long. Grief responses to major life altering loss are not always reflected in outward responses. As a result, it is important for staff to recognize the variety of ways grief is experienced and know how to support youth when they are experiencing a major life altering loss. We hope that this resource will be a part of the process of healing in our Native communities.

Click here to view the toolbox in the document library on our BGCA.net page.

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AmeriCorps VISTA

About the Project

BGCA began expanding services to Native communities in 1992. There are now over 170 Native Clubs serving nearly 82,000 Native youth in 25 states, representing approximately 90 different American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hawaiian tribal communities.

Members who serve in the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps VISTA Project (BGCIC VISTA) build the capacity of Native Clubs through activities such as: grant writing to bring equipment, additional staff, and cultural programs into Clubs; grants management processes; evaluation of programs and policies, and adaptation for cultural relevancy & maximum impact; and recruitment of volunteer coaches and mentors. AmeriCorps VISTA members strive to improve programs related to increasing physical activity and improving nutrition for youth with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity. VISTA members also assist local Clubs in developing or improving programs designed to improve educational outcomes for youth. 


Goal and Priority Areas of the BGCIC AmeriCorps VISTA Project

To ensure that BGCIC can lift local youth out of poverty by creating community leaders and employees of the future, and introducing youth to positive lifestyle choices that will make them productive, healthy members of society, VISTA members build organizational capacity through the following activities (specific activities vary by Club site);

  1. Internal Operations & Management
  2. Program Development & Impact
  3. Resource Development
  4. Sustainability
  5. Strategic Relationships


What VISTA members say about their service at Native Clubs

“As a VISTA member, I have been researching programs that would benefit the children that attend the Club. I want to encourage the kids to get educated so they know what is happening with the Tribe and not be blind to what is happening in their community/reservation. Maintaining the culture, wellness, and traditions is very important. I want to find programs that help Native youth and want them to keep their traditional ways." – 2016 VISTA Member Sara McKinney in Mayetta Kansas

“My service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member has focused on promoting the clubhouse and bringing in resources, businesses, or individuals that are driven to support our youth. Working on volunteer mobilization and getting into the community events has raised the awareness of our organization and its presence in the community. Most volunteers that served were unaware that the Club was in the community and that it was open to any youth within or visiting our community. A number of businesses were unaware of the Club and the impact that it has on the youth, their families, and its community. The youth have welcomed visitors and volunteers into their clubhouse with the Aloha spirit, leaving their own impression on very important individuals and organizations. I was able to be a part of those moments and I am glad to have contributed to the Great Futures these youth will now enjoy!” – 2016 VISTA Member Kainoa Teixeira in Nanakuli, HI

“At the Boys and Girls Club of Moody County, I have been able to implement a new way to reach out to our donors as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. With the help of Club youth, we decorate birthday cards every month to send to our donors and prospect donors. I feel this is a good way to remind the community that the Boys & Girls Club is here to support them and their families, as they have done for the Club by being a donor or volunteer.” – 2016 VISTA Member Renae Jenniges in Brookings, SD


What is a Summer Associate?

Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps VISTA Project Summer Associates serve at Native Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation. Unlike their VISTA member counterparts, Summer Associates are able to accomplish “hands on” direct service activities with the youth. They engage in meaningful work and provide opportunities for youth throughout the summer that help expand access to nutrition and education opportunities.


More about AmeriCorps and VISTA

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that engage more than 80,000 Americans each year with service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith based groups across the country. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) focuses on alleviating poverty through indirect, capacity building service. VISTA members work behind the scenes and focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and assist low-income communities.


Benefits of AmeriCorps VISTA Service

VISTA members serve for a year of full-time service. In return, they receive the following:

  • A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,775) or post-service stipend ($1,500).
  • Modest living allowance (approximately $11,000-$11,820 per year).
  • Healthcare benefits while in service.
  • Access to the network of VISTA & VISTA alumni.
  • Childcare assistance while in service.
  • Relocation allowance and travel to pre-service orientation.
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment while in service.
  • One year of noncompetitive status for a federal government job.  

BGCIC AmeriCorps VISTA Monthly Highlights

Monthly Highlights spotlight the work of AmeriCorps VISTA members who are making a great impact on the communities they serve.

January 2017 (pdf)
February 2017 (pdf)
March 2017 (pdf)


BGCIC AmeriCorps VISTA Resource Page

Interested VISTA members, VISTA supervisors, Summer Associates, and organizations- create a login to access resources for the Boys & Girls Club in Indian Country AmeriCorps VISTA Project.

Files for download:
AmeriCorps VISTA One Pager (pdf)
2017 - 2018 BGCIC AmeriCorps VISTA Past & Present Sites Map (pdf)
VISTA Relocation Fact Sheet (pdf)

Additional Resources:
Watch a Video Highlighting BGCIC VISTA at a National Celebration of VISTA's 50th Anniversary
Search available AmeriCorps service opportunities
AmeriCorps VISTA Account Log-in
VISTA Campus
AmeriCorps VISTA on Google+
VISTA Member Handbook
VISTA Outside Employment Policy

For more information:
Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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BGCA Native Services Unit
Dallas Service Center
2107 N. Collins Boulevard
Richardson, TX 75080

Direct: 972-581-2374
E-mail: BGCANS@BGCA.ORG