IHS and the Native Services Unit Partner to Deliver SMART Training

Dr. Beverly Cotton, the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Office of Clinical and Preventive Services at Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters, spent the morning with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Native Services Unit team members and National Director, Carla Knapp, to attend their SMART Moves training in Atlanta, GA!

In attendance were four of IHS’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) Purpose Area 4 grantees: Bay Mills Indian Community, MI; Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Community, NM; Aroostook Band of Micmacs, ME; and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, KS.

This training day for the SMART Moves/Meth SMART program was hosted at BGCA’s National Headquarters. The goal of the course is to help Clubs members develop healthy lifestyle through the implementation of the SMART Moves program, which is designed to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as assist in postponing sexual activity. By the end of the workshop, participants were able to convey the philosophy and importance of SMART Moves, assess individual knowledge and attitudes, identify the program components, develop a plan to implement SMART Moves, and utilize the SMART Moves Evaluation guide and tools.


CNCS Takes Lead in Recognizing Tribal Leaders

Recognition is a vital process to incorporate into our daily, monthly, and annual routines. It helps partnerships grow and flourish so that good work will continue throughout our communities. The Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS) has created a special day to recognize and celebrate the hard work Tribal leaders, board chairs, and officials put forth to help our communities.

Known as “Recognition Day for National Service”, this day is designed to spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve. Tribal leaders, county board chairs, mayors, and county officials are all recognized for their service during this annual celebration. According to CNCS, 2,786 officials representing more than 150 million citizens participated in the 3rd annual Recognition Day in April 2015.

Recognition Day 2016

This year, on April 5, 2016, Tribal leaders, mayors, and county officials will participate by holding public events and highlighting the value of national service to communities across the country through available media outlets. Tribal governments have a broad range of responsibilities that includes strengthening communities and fostering civic engagement; these responsibilities mirror those of the CNCS. This coordinated day of recognition presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in solving local problems and challenges. CNCS encourages participation in Recognition Day to highlight the impact of citizen service, support national service groups and inspire residents to serve their communities.


Summer Brain Gain

While summer may still seem far away, we know that as the next few months fly by, Club youth will be looking forward to their days out of school and more time at the Club! In the long summer months, it is important to balance their need play and fun with the unique opportunity that Clubs have to combat “summer slide”, or the loss of academic knowledge over the summer that puts kids at a disadvantage once they are back in school in the fall. “Summer slide” can be a devastating set-back, and one of many factors that can slow a student’s successful completion of K-12 education and advancement into higher learning.

Luckily BGCA has developed a curriculum that strikes the perfect balance of fun and learning: Summer Brain Gain! This fun, interactive learning program was designed for Early (K-3rd) and Upper (4th-5th grade) Elementary students, and includes materials tailored to your members’ needs and interests. Brain Gain was created to reduce summer learning loss in a way that is engaging and empowering for young people, and it was modeled after the most effective types of youth-development and out-of-school-time programs.

You can learn more about the program, register to participate, and hand-pick the program activities that you would like to run at your Club this summer on Planning now for an enriching summer can give your Club a strong start to their next school year and keep them on the path to success!


Bison is the New Beef

As people search to enhance their nutrition and improve their well-being, KivaSun Foods, a Native owned company, launched a line of antibiotic-free, no hormone added, bison jerky. Bison is one of the leanest proteins on the market and it is growing in popularity as part of a wider trend toward humanely-raised and organic foods, a small but expanding part of the food industry. Aside from the health benefits (bison is higher in protein and lower in fat than beef, pork, and chicken and is an excellent source of iron, zinc and important B vitamins like B12 and niacin), demand for a healthy alternative for meat signals a rejection of factory-farming methods that account for most protein eaten in the United States.

KivaSun Foods founder Notah Begay III, who is one-half Navajo, one-quarter San Felipe and one-quarter Isleta, is thrilled to bring bison jerky to the market.

“Native Americans have existed on bison for centuries and now everyone – from children to athletes – can experience this amazing product. The Native American heritage of KivaSun Foods is woven throughout every aspect of our company – from the company name to the development of our products, making KivaSun a truly authentic brand,” explained Begay during an interview with Native News Online staff.


The Gift of Games for Catawba Teen Center

Catawba Chief Bill Harris and Club youth at the Boys & Girls Club of York County - Catawba Teen Center gratefully received one of several sets of custom-made corn hole boards from the Rock Hill Jaycees earlier this month. The Jaycees have gifted the Club with corn hole boards for each of their Teen Centers as part of the Club’s “Giving Tuesday” efforts.

The Jaycees, who are steadfast supporters of the Club, made the gift to help Club youth and staff celebrate one of their core impact areas: Healthy Lifestyles. The Jaycees also plan to also build a tournament – sized horseshoe pit at the Club to benefit Club youth, and the youth are greatly looking forward to tournaments for years to come!