Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness

“Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless.”  -Unknown

On February 17th join your fellow citizens in celebrating National Random Acts of Kindness Day, a day observed each year to encourage gentleness and compassion! Sometimes in going about our day to day lives, we can lose sight of the small gestures that actually make a big difference for an individual. We may underestimate the strength of simple expressions like a smile or a listening ear, but we all have the ability to brighten someone’s day. National Random Acts of Kindness Day invites everyone to be a light in the life of anyone you may cross paths with, such as your neighbor, gas attendant, or bank teller.

Your Club can participate in National Random Acts of Kindness Day too! Consider having youth make notes of nice, selfless things they can do throughout the day for their friends, families, and staff at the Club! Have them write a letter about someone who inspires them, or volunteer to assist with program activities. No matter what the act of kindness is, they will know that it’s making a difference. After all, it only takes one candle to light a room!


National Girls & Women in Sports Day is February 7th

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), a nationwide celebration of the incredible achievements of women and girls in sports! NGWSD began in 1987 to recognize the unique accomplishments of women in athletics, and is now honored each year through community-based events, award ceremonies, and other commemorative activities across the country. The theme for 2018 is, “Play Fair, Play IX.”

Title IX ensures that students receive educational opportunities free from discrimination based on their sex. Although Title IX has increased the number of opportunities for female athletes, many schools across the country still do not provide equal opportunities for girls. The NGWSD Coalition knows that educating the public about the power of this legislation is necessary for full enforcement. The more you understand Title IX and the rights it protects, the better you'll be able to ensure that everyone in your community has the same chance to benefit from playing sports.

For years the NGWSD has empowered women and girls to get moving, embrace physical activity and push past their limits. Join in on the legacy of equality and celebration by promoting girls sports in your Club, too! We hope you will honor NGWSD in your community and Play Fair, Play IX! For more information, click here!


New Year, Better Choices

New Year’s Resolutions are something most people try to make in an effort to make a positive change in their life. Whether it is health related, habit related, or introducing a new activity they haven’t tried before, many use it as their motivation to start making changes for the better.

However, January 17th is Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day, and in the spirit of that we encourage you all and your Club members to ditch the idea of a New Year’s Resolution and make a commitment to positive change all year ‘round! Keep reading for some ideas you can use to ensure positive change is always happening!

  • Encouraging your Club members, especially your Keystone and Torch Clubs, to commit to a monthly service project (and not just on the MLK Day of Service) is a great way to keep them engaged and be agents of positive change in their community all throughout the year. If possible, have them reach out through a community forum so that they have no shortage of ideas and will know exactly what the community needs/wants.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Day is a federally designated holiday created to honor the work of Dr. King each January with a Day of Service. As such, it is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service!

This year, on January 15, 2018 celebrate the work of Dr. King with Club kids and staff by taking part in youth-led service projects! Projects will look different for each Club and each community. No matter what type of project your organization commits to, make it fun! Getting youth involved in choosing the project will promote their engagement and cultivate a meaningful connection to their work.

MLK Day of Service is a day on, not a day off. It is a time to share the gift of giving with others. Is your Club participating? We would love to see what is happening in each community! If you are on Facebook or Instagram, use #NativeClubs to have your project appear on the homepage!

For more information, please visit this link.


New Resources Available on the AMBER Alert Tribal Database

AMBER Alert, or America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, was first introduced in the United States in 1996. As a system designed to create public awareness of a missing child, AMBER Alert also serves as a prevention resource, deterring would-be predators, and sometimes causing offenders to release a child when they discover one has been issued.

Recently, Fox Valley Technical College developed a series of resources regarding AMBER Alert in Indian Country. These resources were developed to be used by law enforcement, youth development workers, and the broader community across a series of topics all focusing on protecting tribal youth. They can all be found on the Tribal Database. Visit the database to read up and share these safety and prevention resources with your Club staff!