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Pine Point Youth Hit the Half Pipes!

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund (one of six Super Bowl Legacy Fund grants to support tribal projects), Pine Point youth on the White Earth Reservation will soon be able to enjoy three brand new skate parks! Planned for three White Earth Reservation communities, youth will now have the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in skateboarding, BMX riding, inline skating, and scooter. This is exciting not only because of the community enrichment it will bring to White Earth, but also because of the benefits it will have on youth health and wellness.

According to Clinton Alexander, a public health advisor for the Health Division of the White Earth Reservation, skate parks and the enthusiasm they generate throughout a community are able to combat much of what confronts tribal public health concerns for youth, including suicide, obesity, and low self-esteem (Indian Country Today). He goes on to explain that law enforcement professionals consider skate parks to be ‘green zones,’ deterring crime because of the activity there. In other locations such as the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, they have become mechanisms for suicide prevention, as well as drug/alcohol intervention. This makes sense for health professionals such as Alexander, because youth who face mental health or emotional/behavioral issues do not typically join or do well with team sports. Skate boarding, however, is a solitary sport that provides the same coping methods that team activities do, while still allowing youth to build relationships with other skaters or bikers.

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National Day of Service & Remembrance

In September community members across the nation unite together to honor those who rose to service on 9/11! The National Day of Service & Remembrance is a time to integrate service project into your Club, across all age groups, to continue to strength your community. Consider supporting Club youth by creating a mural or poster inspired by thoughts of gratitude for our service men and women, make no-sew blankets to help youth in need feel safe and warm, or even choose a local landmark to adopt and keep it clean and beautiful for the community.

Need more ideas? Then login to BGCA.net and check out 30-60 minute service activities in BGCA’s Service Recipe Guide!

Click here to register now! For more details, click here.

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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

 

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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!

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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.

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