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Youth Council Initiative

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the White Earth Reservation has six individual youth councils, one for each of their chartered Clubs. Youth Council is similar to the Keystone Club, but it has been adapted to reflect the individuality of their Boys & Girls Clubs. This past year, the Youth Council raised just over $1,500 for their chosen project, Habitat for Humanity. Next year the Clubs will do fund raising for Crazy Horse Monument, and they will also take an educational trip to South Dakota to see the monument in August of 2014.

More information regarding the Youth Council Initiative can be found here.

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Foundation Funding for Native American Issues and Peoples

The Foundation Center along with Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) put together a report to update and share research about the philanthropic investment in Indian Country and Native issues. The purpose of this report is to expand knowledge, improve and deepen partnerships, and encourage you to join NAP in supporting the vision of healthy and sustainable communities enhanced by the Native spirit of generosity.

The full report can be found here: Foundation Funding for Native American Issues and Peoples

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Native American Boys & Girls Club Partners with Their Local Juvenile Department of Corrections

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale - Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Department of Juvenile Corrections Program (BGCGS-SRPMIC DJCP) is the first, full-time Club located in a correctional facility in Indian Country, and their impact has been multi-facetted. A decrease in repeat offenders, a decrease in recidivism rate, and even a decrease in the annual cost for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Department of Juvenile Corrections. Check out the numbers yourself!

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale also has two complimentary programs to their department of juvenile corrections program;

  • The Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA) is a credit recovery school that provides an opportunity for youth who have fallen behind in high school credits, for many different reasons, to achieve their goal of graduation.
  • The Diverting Our Native Teens (DONT) Program is a collaborative effort between the Club, SRPMIC DJCP, and the Salt River Probation Department that focuses on providing youth in the early stages of the juvenile justice system, an opportunity to find an alternative path than incarceration.

Don’t forget to check out the September/October 2012 American Jails article, From Cell Block to Clubhouse, authored by William Daly, CJM and James Short.