Native Student Scholarship to IACP 2017

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is accepting applications from American Indian and Alaska Native students in the STEM fields to attend International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2017 Conference.

NIJ is seeking to sponsor five undergraduate or graduate students, who are American Indian or Alaska Natives studying science, technology, engineering, and math, to attend the IACP conference in Philadelphia on October 21–24, 2017.

These students will have the opportunity to interact with criminal justice scientists and practitioners and attend panel discussions on the most urgent issues facing communities and innovative, evidence-based solutions.

Learn how to apply, and share with others who may be interested. Applications are due June 30, 2017. For more information, click here.


Athlete to Artist, Snowboarder to Traditional Weaver

A lot of times we isolate a person in how we describe them. That person is an athlete while another is an artist or intellectual. Who says you can’t have two of those titles, or even three? Former professional snowboarder Meghann O’Brien joined the Institute of American Indian Arts’ Artist-in-Residence program for a month long art residency. O’Brien is not only a snowboarder but also a traditional weaver. She uses materials from the Earth to create art that is reminiscent of her ancestors.

O’Brien told Indian Country Today, “the concept [of weaving] is not too different from when a trained athlete exerts themselves to become one with and part of the environment.” However, the wind, snow, and moisture are a part of her energy as a snowboarder.

Read the entire article from Indian Country Today about O’Brien here. You never know. This article could inspire one of your Club kids to branch out and try something new!

Photo credit: Alex Jacobs for Indian Country Today



Everyday Young Hero Award Nominations

Do you know an Everyday Young Hero at your Club? Thanks to support from Newman’s Own Foundation, Youth Service America (YSA) will be selecting 12 winners (one per month) to receive $250 grants to continue and expand their own service projects.

Everyday Young Heroes are youth between the ages of 5-25, who are working to improve their communities through service to others, as well as through making progress in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The YSA team selects one young person each week to receive this honor. Heroes chosen have the option to implement a project that is developed in or outside of the classroom, in conjunction with an organization, religious institution, and/or an organization they started on their own. Projects can include direct service, be philanthropic, or raise awareness around a particular issue in their community.

For more information and to submit your nomination, click here!


StrongHearts Native Helpline

StrongHearts Native Helpline was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). This helpline provides accessible safety planning, crisis counseling, and culturally relevant referrals for Native survivors of domestic and dating violence. Developed by FYSB’s Family Youth Prevention and Services Program, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, this hotline is the first to provide culturally-appropriate, anonymous, confidential service specifically for Native survivors.

The helpline is 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) and is operational 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

Click here to learn more about the StrongHearts Native Helpline.


American Indian College Fund

For over 25 years, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native student access to higher education. The charity creates awareness for accredited tribal colleges and universities and offers students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values. Since they began, American Indian College Fund has provided more than 100,000 scholarships to Native students! Today, 34 tribal colleges and universities are supported by the American Indian College Fund, providing affordable higher education to Native students.

The charity not only provides Native students access to scholarships and educational opportunities, but also to career development, self-assessment, employment opportunities, and more! For more information and to gain access to their resources, visit the American Indian College Fund website.

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