Valentine’s Day Auctions Encourages Community Love for Your Club

Hosting a fundraising auction is a great way to increase traffic in your Club, boost funding, and get the entire community involved in your Club. Holidays in general are a great time to really encourage donations. Many Clubs have had great success hosting the same event year after year such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska with the Have a Heart Auction. They have come to understand the value of building relationships with various community members and how having a yearly event encourages loyal participation throughout the community.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Clubs are ready to make good use of the holiday through exciting fundraising events. On Club taking advantage is the Boys & Girls Club of the Tanana Valley. On Friday, February 13, 2015, the Club will hold its 23rd annual Have a Heart Auction at the Fairbanks Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Clubs nationwide host Have a Heart Auctions in order to make Valentine’s Day extra special for their Club
as well as their community. Members of the community purchase tickets for a small fee and make donations of auction items or even volunteer time to help with event preparations.


January is National Mentoring Month

January marks a very important month of recognition- National Mentoring Month! In 2002, the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership came together to bring national attention to the importance of mentoring and the need for mentors in the lives of youth to promote positive outcomes.

For thirteen years, National Mentoring Month has received recognition from the U.S. president, members of Congress, advocates for mentoring, and organizations that use mentoring to improve the lives for youth and adults alike in their community. This year’s recognition of National Mentoring Month is no different but has been sweetened by a special grand debut. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and MENTOR officially announced the launch of the National Mentoring Resource Center!

The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) aims to provide mentoring tools, program and training materials, and information to support any youth mentoring practitioner across the country who wishes to improve the quality and effectiveness of mentoring.

Through the NMRC, Native Clubs will have access to a comprehensive and reliable source of information as well as a one-stop spot to apply for no-cost training and technical assistance to support them in better incorporating evidence-based practices.


Indian Country on MTV: Frank Waln, Inez Jasper, and Nataali Means

We would like to say thank you to Frank Waln and other Indigenous artists featured on MTV’s Rebel Music: Native America for being role models for all Boys & Girls Club members who aspire to make a mark on society, and especially to Native youth. The episode teaches Native youth the importance of voicing their own experiences.

Rebel Education

Recently MTV broadcast Rebel Music: Native America, a segment of its series Rebel Music devoted to Indigenous hip hop artists. Rebel Music showcases young people around the world who are raising their voices through music to demand change for a better future. Since debuting last year, Rebel Music has featured artist-activists from Afghanistan and Egypt, and in 2015 Myanmar and Senegal are just a couple of places where Rebel Music will give voice to creatives fighting for change.

The 11/13 Native America episode featured Frank Waln, a 25-year-old Sioux Lakota Indian from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, and other young performers including First Nations’ Inez Jasper from British Columbia, and Nataanii Means of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. The content of Rebel Music: Native America is extremely well suited for teens in leadership programs, and in music and art programs within your Boys & Girls Club. Rebel Music developed a Teacher's Guide, Context Lesson Plan, and Episode Discussion Guide that meets Common Core State Standards for grades 9-12. The three lessons, The Effects of Poverty on Native Americans, Native American Suicide, and Stories from the Pine Ridge Reservation, examine Native history along with stories of youth today, and are a means to help youth deepen their understanding of the issues that influence indigenous communities.


Explore tribal cultures with the National Museum of American Indians

If you are looking for a new resource to use with your Club members, check out the National Museum of American Indians (NMAI). It is the home to a number of great sources that includes a Seminar and Symposia Program, an annotated Index of Resources, classroom lessons that can be used in your Club, and much more.

Now where to start? If the investigation, discussion, and understanding of Native communities intrigue you, the Seminars and Symposia Program and Archive is the spot for you. Through the Seminars and Symposia Program, the museum promotes meaningful study, discussion, and civic engagement, providing a national forum for historical and contemporary topics of concern and interest to Native peoples and the general public. The program will develop and host public forums, ranging from intimate roundtable discussions to seminars that are webcast around the world. What an opportunity!


The Fuel That Helps Us Rise

The music video WE SHALL REMAIN, directed and produced by the Los Angeles-based the StyleHorse Collective, is a poignant portrayal of Natives working together to rise about the effects of historical trauma their communities have suffered for years. The video tells the story of a young Native girl wanting to understand why her community and family have struggled. Her uncle explains her people’s history but reminds her that her cultural traditions can be used to rise above and succeed.

This is perhaps best stated when the uncle tells his niece:

“Untended wounds are at the core of much of the self-inflicted pain experienced in Native America. Much like fire, this pain can either be devastatingly destructive or wisely harnessed to become fuel that helps us to rise up and move forward in life with joy, purpose and dignity.”

Filmed on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation in Idaho, the StyleHorse Collective used students attending the 2014 Northwest UNITY Youth Conference for the video. WE SHALL REMAIN delivers its message powerfully with music written and produced by The StyleHorse Collective; vocals provided by The Wakan Sisters (Billie Kennedy, Dani Kennedy and Katt Jefferson) and CeCe Curtis-Cook; and its story delivered in rhyming prose.