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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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Visit the New MyClubMyLife.com!

Do you have creative, passionate, or driven teens that need a platform to express themselves and/or their work with their peers around the country? Maybe you have teens interested in staying updated with current events, leadership opportunities, or even health, wellness, or arts programs? If the answer is yes, check out the updated and redesigned virtual Boys & Girls Club, MyClubMyLife.com! It’s a website where they can do just that!

Here your teens can access a variety of interactive content based on existing BGCA programs. Recently, it was redesigned to help Club teens around the country connect with one another more quickly and effectively. Teen members can share their voice by submitting articles, how-to’s, artwork, and other content for publication. Not only is it an exciting and fun way to instantly share content, it is an excellent opportunity for Native teens to promote their voices and communities in a safe, friendly, and supportive environment. For more information on how your teens can submit content, click here!

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Penobscot’s Own Champion for Change

Carroll “CJ” Francis, Jr. from Sipayik Boys & Girls Club of Penobscot Boys & Girls Club has been recognized by the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), a policy program at the Aspen Institute, as a 2017 Champion for Change! The Champions for Change program is CNAY’s cornerstone leadership development program which selects five Native youth between the ages of 14-24 years old from across the United States each year to share what they’re doing to tackle challenges in their community and inspire other Native youth to take positive action. The youth chosen for this honor possess the skill and passion to create a strong future for their tribes. The fifteen year old Club member from the Passamaquoddy Tribe will be introduced with the fifth class of Champions for Change through a series of events that will take place February 14 – 15, 2017 in Washington D.C.

Senator Byron Dorgan, founder of CNAY, said, “Each of the young leaders chosen this year has a remarkable story of leadership that has touched and inspired other young people in their communities. The ripples of hope created by these Champions are leading to positive change for Native youth.”

Francis was chosen for his goal of unity, strength, and healthy partnerships for all. His initiative is to bridge the intergenerational gap between Native youth and elders. Francis explained, “I want our youth to understand the importance of respecting, honoring, and learning from our elders. Our elders are the foundation of who we are, and in order to keep our culture, language, values, and traditions alive, we all must learn to do this.” Learn more about Francis and the other Native youth leaders chosen for this award here!

RSVP here if you would like to take part in Champions for Change events and to watch CJ be announced as a Champion of Change in Washington D.C.

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The Role of Language in Cultural Programming

Language holds the key to cultural, scientific, and historical knowledge about the world we live in; and each time a language is lost, an entire encyclopedia of knowledge goes with it. Therefore, it is extremely important that language can be protected and utilized at every opportunity possible with youth, especially the youngest members, to ensure our languages get passed on to future generations. Factors that influence the usage and relevancy of a language include the overall number of speakers, the amount of parental involvement in language programming, and the language’s adaption to new domains, or environments where the language is spoken (schools, businesses, restaurants, community events, social media/technology etc.). The more that youth and their families are exposed to the language and use it, the higher likelihood it has for members to speak on a regular basis and pass it on.

As we all know, language and culture are inextricably connected! Think about ways you can highlight your culture(s) and relevant programming using language, such as the poster shown here that expresses the phrase “Healthy and Well” in Navajo, Zuni, and Ojibwa among others.

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Achieving your Dream: Universities Offering Support to Native Students

As summer is winding down and preparations for the fall semester begins, high school students will begin to hear more about what options are available to them once high school is complete. Here are five universities that were featured on Indian Country Network Today that focus on helping Native youth in achieving their dream. These universities offer scholarships and sometimes free tuition for Native Student making access to college easier and more cost effective.

Humbolt State University

Have an interest in studying science? Humbolt State University’s Indian Natural Resources, Science,and Engineering Program (INRSEP) could be the perfect program. The university recruits and provides support services to Native youth who are interested in STEM related content.

University of Maine

The University of Maine offers free tuition for Native students who are residents or who establish residency in Maine after one year of living in state. A needs-based room and board grant program is also available.

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