Connecting Native Boys and Young Men with Culture Improves Outcomes

A recent report from First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) confirmed what many staff in Native Clubs already know: efforts that foster stronger linkages between Native American boys and young men and their cultures and communities can help to significantly improve their social and educational outcomes. The report, “Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys & Young Men: A Project Evaluation” supports the idea that Native boys and young men have better outcomes in life when they retain connection to their Native cultures and traditions and have positive role models. The report shared findings from several foundation-funded projects in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The report also found that institutionalized policies still prevent Native students from learning in environments that incorporate their Native heritage and that the discontinuity between home and school culture is a contributing factor for educational disengagement and increased dropout rates.

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