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Apply to be a 2018 Champion for Change

The Center for Native American Youth gives Native youth the opportunity to share their voices on a national level. The Champions for Change (CFC) program promotes youth-led efforts, shares stories of inspiration, and helps young leaders develop their advocacy skills. Selected applicants for CFC will have access to a national platform that will allow them to educate new stakeholders about the challenges and strengths of Native communities; lift up youth perspectives on the issues they find most important; celebrate their innovative ideas and hard work to tackle tough issues; and receive support and encouragement to help them grow as strong leaders and advocates. Eligible applicants are:

  • Those that identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, and/or Native Hawaiian,
  • Are between 14 and 23 years old at the time of their application, and
  • Demonstrate leadership and service within their communities.

Applicants must submit a youth application, two adult recommendations forms and one peer recommendation form by Friday, November 10, 2017 to be considered.

Apply here for the opportunity to promote hope and make a positive impact in your community!

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Rosetta Stone Offers Chickasaw Language Free for Chickasaw Citizens

It goes without saying language and culture are both connected. To protect our languages is to protect our cultures, histories, and traditional knowledge. At the forefront of language revitalization initiatives is Rosetta Stone, who has already partnered with several Native communities across North America to help preserve their languages.

One of those communities is the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, who Rosetta Stone worked with to develop software that teaches the Chikashshanompa’ language. Known as Rosetta Stone Chickasaw, the software is available completely free to Chickasaw citizens, and can be used by both children and adults. Developed in conjunction with native speakers, forty lessons are included that incorporate video, audio and still images that citizens can review at their own pace.

If you or someone you know is a Chickasaw citizen, follow the steps below to receive the software and begin learning:

  • Complete the pre-registration application here.
  • Once citizenship is verified, you will receive a welcome email.
  • When you receive this email, follow the instructions to complete your registration.
  • Begin using Rosetta Stone Chickasaw at www.chickasawlanguage.com.
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QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship

Are you or someone you know a high school senior with plans for college in the fall of 2018? Then apply for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship today!

In order to be eligible, applicants must graduate during or before the summer of 2018 with plans to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2018. Academic, financial, and personal circumstances are all considered when it comes to reviewing applications. The scholarship takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications and selecting finalists, as the criteria is not absolute when it comes to GPA, standardized test scores, or income. It seeks those who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets or exceeds the admissions with QuestBridge’s college partners.

QuestBridge college partners include Dartmouth, Duke University, Stanford, University of Chicago, Yale, and many more.

For more information about applying for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship and previous recipients, visit their website!

To begin applying for the scholarship, register here!

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Pine Point Youth Hit the Half Pipes!

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund (one of six Super Bowl Legacy Fund grants to support tribal projects), Pine Point youth on the White Earth Reservation will soon be able to enjoy three brand new skate parks! Planned for three White Earth Reservation communities, youth will now have the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in skateboarding, BMX riding, inline skating, and scooter. This is exciting not only because of the community enrichment it will bring to White Earth, but also because of the benefits it will have on youth health and wellness.

According to Clinton Alexander, a public health advisor for the Health Division of the White Earth Reservation, skate parks and the enthusiasm they generate throughout a community are able to combat much of what confronts tribal public health concerns for youth, including suicide, obesity, and low self-esteem (Indian Country Today). He goes on to explain that law enforcement professionals consider skate parks to be ‘green zones,’ deterring crime because of the activity there. In other locations such as the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, they have become mechanisms for suicide prevention, as well as drug/alcohol intervention. This makes sense for health professionals such as Alexander, because youth who face mental health or emotional/behavioral issues do not typically join or do well with team sports. Skate boarding, however, is a solitary sport that provides the same coping methods that team activities do, while still allowing youth to build relationships with other skaters or bikers.

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National Day of Service & Remembrance

In September community members across the nation unite together to honor those who rose to service on 9/11! The National Day of Service & Remembrance is a time to integrate service project into your Club, across all age groups, to continue to strength your community. Consider supporting Club youth by creating a mural or poster inspired by thoughts of gratitude for our service men and women, make no-sew blankets to help youth in need feel safe and warm, or even choose a local landmark to adopt and keep it clean and beautiful for the community.

Need more ideas? Then login to BGCA.net and check out 30-60 minute service activities in BGCA’s Service Recipe Guide!

Click here to register now! For more details, click here.

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Richardson, TX 75080

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