Miss Native American USA Winner Crowned

Congratulations to Kristina Hyatt, winner of the 2015 Miss Native American USA pageant held August 8, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. The four-round competition included categories such as personal interviews, evening gown, talent, and traditional regalia showcases.Singer/songwriter Sage Bond, was the evening's entertainment. Having previously won the title of Miss Cherokee, Hyatt is the first tribal member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee to compete in the national pageant.  

Kristina, a dental hygienist, plans to use her platform to further educate the Native community on the importance of good dental health. “… I'm very excited to have this opportunity to go out there and make a difference for Indian country,” she says, “I want to make a difference, not only for my Tribe, but throughout Indian Country.” Congratulations, Kristina!

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RezCycle Project at the Boys & Girls Club of the White Earth Reservation

Nineteen-year-old Alex S., an entrepreneur in Naytahwaush, Minnesota, is using his business skills and passion for bikes to mentor younger Club members. After applying for and receiving a grant from a local church, Alex bought a bus, converted it into a mobile bike repair shop, and is driving his organization everywhere! Dubbed “RezCycle Project”, Alex’s new venture is serving not only as an innovative business model, but is also creating opportunities for kids to mentor other kids. The RezCycle project aims to equip youth with the skills and tools they need to maintain and/or repair their bicycles, while also working to raise funds to secure more bicycles for Native Youth. This summer, the RezCycle Project made a trip to the Boys and Girls Club of the White Earth Reservation. While there, Alex taught teens from each Club about bike repairs and maintenance, while passing along business tips and tricks for aspiring entrepreneurs. Peggie Chisholm, Resource Development Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of the White Earth Reservation, says Club members enjoyed Alex’s visit and have been brainstorming about launching their own businesses!

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Woodland Boys & Girls Club Knocks Out Competition at National Championships

April was an exciting month for the Woodland Boys & Girls Club. This year, the Club teamed up with local Menominee Indian Boxing Club (MIBC) to create one unstoppable force. Ron Corn, Club CPO, says Club members have been eager to be a part of the boxing team, and they are enthusiastic about this approach to fitness and active mentorship. According to Corn, the partnership has improved Club participation, garnered enthusiasm about the program, and increased the Club’s visibility in the local community.

But that isn’t all! In June, two MIBC boxers took home 1st and 3rd place in the National Junior Olympic tournament in Charleston, West Virginia! Competing amongst 600 athletes from all over the country, a 13-year old and 10-year old Club kids scored victories that made not only the boxing club proud, but the whole Menominee Nation.

Congratulations, Woodland Boys & Girls Club and MIBC! We can’t wait to watch this knockout partnership grow!


Native Youth Travel to Washington D.C. for Inaugural White House Gathering

The past year has been one of growth for Native Boys & Girls Clubs, communities, and youth! Voices of Native youth who are advocating for positive change and greater opportunity are being heard across the country, including in our nation’s capital. On July 9, 2015, nearly 900 Native youth came together to represent 230 tribes from over 40 states at the inaugural Tribal Youth Gathering held in collaboration with United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), Departments of Justice (DOJ), and Health and Human Services (HHS). Throughout their time in D.C., attendees have had the opportunity to engage with panels of elected officials on critical issues facing Native communities, network with peers from various tribes, and create awareness about the opportunities that are needed for current and upcoming Native generations.

Attending the event was an honor that was earned by many of the youth. Through the Gen I Challenge, youth had the opportunity to showcase positive changes they were making in their communities through team work with their peers. Youth were extended an invitation to the Gathering when a project promoting community wide positive change was completed and shared with the Center for Native American Youth and Gen-I staff. Native Boys & Girls Club kids and teens accepted the challenge, shared their hard work, and made their way to Washington, D.C.


Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Southwest Youth of the Year Winner!

Boys & Girls Clubs of America takes pride in recognizing youth with extraordinary character and leadership qualities. Each year talented and dedicated Boys & Girls Club members are nominated to be recognized through a series of competitions that culminates into the final National Youth of the Year award opportunity.

Exemplary leadership skills, academic excellence, and commitment to healthy lifestyles are only a few of the characteristics that each Youth of the Year candidates embodies. This year’s Southwest Regional Youth of the Year winner, Courtney Patterson, from the Boys & Girls Club of Choctaw County defines these characteristics and goes above and beyond to serve his community in hopes to leave a legacy that will inspire others.

Patterson, who hails from Hugo, OK, has been a member of a Boys & Girls Club for 11 years. Over the past decade, the Club has been an integral part of his life and his accomplishments.

“My biggest success is turning my anger and depression into a constructive path and not allowing it to destroy me,” said Courtney during his Youth of the Year biography, “My Club has helped unlock my true potential, and for that I owe them more than I can ever give.”

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