DIY STEM (Native Adaptation)

Do It Yourself (DIY) STEM is an activity-based program for 9- to 12 year olds to help them make connections between scientific principles and real-world applications. This program uses common items that Clubs may have on hand, or can procure easily to introduce youth to STEM concepts. The DIY STEM program can be implemented in its entirety or as separate units. Every unit details alignment to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and provides step-by-step instructions, facilitation tips and extension questions to ensure fun and learning.

Additionally, this DIY STEM Native Adaptation features history, achievements and current news related to STEM applications in Native culture to increase youth interest in activities and future career aspirations.

Click here to view the Native Adaptation on our page.


AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Application 2017-2018

We are pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country (BGCIC) AmeriCorps VISTA Leader position. We invite you to share this opportunity with past VISTAs or anyone else you may know who qualifies to serve as a VISTA Leader. Please note that VISTA Leaders must have completed at least 1 year of AmeriCorps service.

VISTA Leaders support and help coordinate larger VISTA projects in their efforts to address the needs of low-income communities. Leaders serve as recruiters, coordinators, trainers, mentors and resource providers who strengthen the capacity of VISTA members, VISTA projects, and community members. Just as VISTA members work to expand and build the capacity of community projects, Leaders work to expand and build the capacity of individual VISTA members and their respective project sites. VISTA Leaders serve different functions depending on the needs of the overall and local projects. These include recruiting and coordinating VISTA members, preparing VISTAs’ in-service training, mentoring, and identifying new funding sources.

BGCIC VISTA Leader Priority Areas:

  • Participate in professional development opportunities and connect them to the overall project.
  • Serve as a mentor and operate as a liaison for VISTA members to help facilitate a successful year of service.
  • Research funding sources and opportunities.
  • Support the Sponsoring Organization with monitoring and evaluating the overall project.
  • Develop an outreach strategy to increase awareness and knowledge of the project to all Native Boys & Girls Clubs.
  • Develop state and national marketing strategies to increase awareness of the project.

Click here to learn more about the BGCIC AmeriCorps VISTA Project.

Application Tips! 

  • Read all of the directions in their entirety prior to submitting any application materials.
  • Make sure your AmeriCorps application is current and up-to-date.
  • Applications should be completed in full. Each section should have content.
  • Full sentences, complete thoughts, spelling, and grammar do count.
  • References can be no more than 1 year old. References should not be related to you.

To view the listing, please click here.

To Apply, Follow the Steps Below:

Step 1: Create a My AmeriCorps Account
All applicants must create an account in My AmeriCorps in order to submit an official AmeriCorps application.

Click here to be directed to My AmeriCorps Account.

Step 2: Submit an Application to the BGCIC VISTA Leader Position
All applicants must submit an official application via their account. The application must be submitted directly to the specific VISTA Leader position for this project.

Click here for a direct link to the official AmeriCorps VISTA Leader position application.

Step 3: Submit a Cover Letter and Resume
Each Applicant must submit both a Cover Letter and Resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Subject line should say ‘VISTA Leader Applicant’.

The Application Process closes on Friday, November 17, 2017. 
All applications via My AmeriCorps, Cover Letters, and Resumes must be submitted by 11/17/2017. Applications will be reviewed, in full, on a rolling basis. The position is open until filled, which may be prior to 11/17/2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Justine Davenport at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (443) 302-2080.


AmeriCorps VISTA Application November 2017-2018

Greetings Native Boys & Girls Clubs!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the November application for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps VISTA Project for the 2017-2018 grant year. All Boys & Girls Clubs that serve Native youth are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

An online application, Letter(s) of Support, Video, and a Signature Page are due by 11:59pm EDT on May 10, 2017. Award of a VISTA member(s) will be announced via email by late spring 2017.

What is a VISTA member?

AmeriCorps VISTA members
Serve at the Club for 1-year.
Build capacity. They do not participate in direct service.
Receive a living allowance, health and dental coverage, relocation allowance, national training, and a Segal Education Award or end-of-service stipend.
Local or national recruits.

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1: Review the Application Questions & Scoring Rubric.
The rubric is for your reference only. Do not try to complete the application on this PDF as applications will only be accepted through Survey Monkey.

Review a copy of the Application Questions and Scoring Rubric.

Step 2: Attend an Informational and Application Webinar for Club Organizations who want to host an AmeriCorps VISTA member. (Optional)
FirstPic, Inc. will host one Webinar to provide information about this project, as well as review of the application, and provide assistance on writing a strong application. The process is very competitive so we encourage attendance. Webinar details are below.

Register for VISTA Club Application Webinar: Tuesday, April 25, 3:00 PM Eastern Time (be aware of the time in your respective time zone). 

After you register online, you will be able to participate via phone using the conference line information below:
Dial in: 866-390-1828
Participant Code: 1518815 

Step 3: Letter of Support (Board, Tribe, Community Partner)
Each organization must submit at least one letter of support from a partner within their community. 

Step 4: Complete the Application in Survey Monkey.
Make sure to complete each page of the application. You must complete each required question before moving on to the next page. Please note that you also may not save the application and come back to it later. Review the Application Questions and Scoring Rubric described in Step 1 prior to beginning your application so you are aware of what information detail will be required. Complete the online application via SurveyMonkey. 

Step 5: Submit the Application Signature Page.
The application needs to be signed by the Organization’s Chief Professional Officer, Unit Director, and Site Supervisor (if you already have one). The Application Signature page should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or faxed to (443) 602-3749.

Click here for a copy of the Application Signature Page.

All parts of the application are due no later than 11:59pm EDT on May 10, 2017.
No extensions will be given since the application process is very competitive. If you have any questions, please contact Evin McFadden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (443) 302-2080.

Additional Information & Resources


Celebrating Success this Holiday Season

Happy Holidays

Every evening, kids rush into the Club to find their friends to update their countdown to Winter Break. Energy resounds in every room as staff scurry about planning activities to occupy busy teens. Time without Club members is spent preparing for a new year of programs. It is December and another year is coming to a close. As we look ahead to a new year full of opportunity, we also take time to celebrate successes that have been achieved along the way.

Countless accomplishments, both big and small, have been shared in Boys & Girls Clubs on Native Lands. Girls from Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club were honored in a short film shown at the 2016 Tribecca Film Festival. The film showed the hard work and perseverance of a special group of girls that earned their right to play lacrosse. The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii- Nanakuli Unit was able to light up the night during a summer event that welcomed nearly 400 attendees! Members of the Nanakuli staff worked diligently to recruit sponsors so that the event was free for those who attended. That’s not all- staff from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale- Lehi Branch led their hoop dance troupe to compete in the 26th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition. Ten Club members were invited to show their skills at this year’s competition. This a small glimpse into the successes that Native Boys & Girls Clubs achieved during 2016.

In this time we have the opportunity to not only reflect on our successes but to also engage in self-care so that we can usher in 2017 with renewed energy and passion for serving our communities. Taking care of yourself is an important part of positively influencing youth. Be compassionate towards yourself. You work hard each day to ensure a community of youth have a safe place to build great futures. Take a breath and remember the meaning behind your work for what you are doing is making a great impact for many.

Thank you for all you have done this year to make 2016 a success for Native Boys & Girls Clubs. Have a happy holiday and prosperous New Year!


Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country Partners

BGCA Native Services Unit is grateful to our program partners, who provide critical support so that we may provide youth development programming to thousands of Native youth each year.

American Indian College Fund

The College Fund, through its commitment with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will provide $100,000 in scholarship dollars annually over the next five years exclusively for qualified Boys & Girls Club members to attend tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the immediate proximity of their Club. Students must apply and be accepted into a TCU to be considered. Upon acceptance, the scholarships are renewable annually as long as students meet the college's eligibility requirements.

AmeriCorps VISTA

The mission of the Corporation of National and Community Service’s Volunteers in Service to America program is to fight poverty in America. On Native lands, the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps VISTA Project (BGCIC VISTA) supports this mission by strengthening the capacity of Native Boys & Girls Clubs. BGCIC VISTA members develop, expand and/or enhance programs related to increasing physical activity and improving nutrition for youth with the purposes of reducing childhood obesity. VISTA members also assist local Clubs in developing or improving programs designed to improve educational outcomes for youth.

Bureau of Indian Education

A new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between BGCA and its local affiliates in Indian Country, and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), will allow collaboration to enrich the lives of Native youth, by supporting programs that discourage violence and drug abuse, while encouraging good citizenship and educational accomplishments. The goal of this partnership is to use the strengths and expertise of both organizations to improve and enhance the educational well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth attending BIE funded schools and dormitories.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

IHS provides funding for the type 2 diabetes prevention program On the T.R.A.I.L. (Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life) to Diabetes Prevention program. T.R.A.I.L. is an innovative combination of educational, physical, and nutritional activities that provides youth with a comprehensive understanding of healthy lifestyles with the long-term goal of preventing and/or reducing the onset of type 2 diabetes. Woven throughout the 12 week program are self-esteem and prevention activities utilized by BGCA, including contributions from national evidence-based programs such as SMART Moves. Club members draw from Native traditions and history to learn about nutrition, food choices, media influences and the impact of type 2 diabetes.

National Recreation Foundation 

BGCA and the National Recreation Foundation (NRF) are teaming up to bring baseball and softball leagues to youth on Native lands. The $10,000 “Fielding Dreams in Indian Country” grant will promote healthy lifestyles among Native youth through team sports. NRF is dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation as a positive force in improving the quality of life of youth by investing in recreation programs.

Northwest Area Foundation

This 2 year partnership aims to expand the number of Native Clubs delivering workforce development programming to Native youth and ensure that Native Clubs can deliver the highest-quality Club Experience by providing an assessment tool that sets Clubs up for continuous improvement. Our goals are to increase Clubs capacity to provide high-quality Workforce Development programs, guiding Native youth to develop 21st century skills and a clear vision of their future career goals. The project meets the Foundation’s funding priority for increasing good jobs though development and training that helps to prepare individuals with low incomes for successful futures.

NoVo Foundation

Novo Foundation’s initiative seeks to help restore and strengthen indigenous knowledge and life-ways as potentially transformative in addressing some of the world’s—and similarly, some of Indigenous communities’—most pressing problems. Through this 3 year partnership, Novo and BGCA Native Services will work together to improve the ability of our Native organizations to build and sustain strategic partnerships and key stakeholders through culturally relevant services, youth development programs adapted for Native youth that are driven by outcomes and leadership trainings for Club staff and Board Members.


The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP)’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America through grants that allow BGCA to strengthen, expand, and implement youth mentoring activities and youth development programming.

Red Nose Day

The aim of Red Nose Day is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of childhood poverty and social injustice through the power of entertainment. In 2015 and 2016, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Native Services received proceeds from Red Nose Day, which will be used to build capacity and support increases in average daily attendance in Native Clubs.


Verizon has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on My.Future, a joint project with BGCA in support of Native Clubs and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Dormitory Schools. Through this project, trainers from Boys & Girls Clubs work with BIE Dormitory parents and staff to utilize Nokia tablets with BGCA programming. Through President Obama’s ConnectED program, Verizon has already established wireless broadband connectivity at eight of 10 (BIE) Dormitory Schools and will provide free wireless data service to students for 2 years.


The Walmart Foundation has provided funding to support Healthy Habits, BGCA’s outcome-driven nutrition education program for Native kids and teens. This program addresses the fact that Native youth typically face much higher rates of diabetes than their non-Native peers by providing access to nutritional education. Healthy Habits is focused on basic cooking techniques, smart food shopping, working around resource constraints and using resources from the local community to create healthy meals.

About Us

For more information, read about the BGCA Native Services Unit team members and how to contact
them individually.

BGCA Mentoring

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Contact Us

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

Direct: 972-581-2374