BGCA Native Services Unit is grateful to our program partners, who provide critical support so that we may provide youth development programming to thousands of Native youth each year.
American Indian College Fund
The College Fund, through its commitment with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will provide $100,000 in scholarship dollars annually over the next five years exclusively for qualified Boys & Girls Club members to attend tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the immediate proximity of their Club. Students must apply and be accepted into a TCU to be considered. Upon acceptance, the scholarships are renewable annually as long as students meet the college's eligibility requirements.
The mission of the Corporation of National and Community Service’s Volunteers in Service to America program is to fight poverty in America. On Native lands, the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps VISTA Project (BGCIC VISTA) supports this mission by strengthening the capacity of Native Boys & Girls Clubs. BGCIC VISTA members develop, expand and/or enhance programs related to increasing physical activity and improving nutrition for youth with the purposes of reducing childhood obesity. VISTA members also assist local Clubs in developing or improving programs designed to improve educational outcomes for youth.
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) is a broad-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity, by encouraging positive and permanent lifestyle changes among school-aged children and their families. The Foundation develops and implements innovative and collaborative educational, marketplace and community solutions with its coalition of 300 corporate and not-for-profit partners. Through its free, award-winning Together Counts™ healthy lifestyle school curriculum, the Foundation has reached more than 39.8 million students. As the first commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative and verified by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the HWCF's food and beverage company members gave consumers more lower calorie options by removing 6.4 trillion calories from their products– surpassing their pledge by more than 400% three years ahead of schedule.
Indian Health Service (IHS)
IHS provides funding for the type 2 diabetes prevention program On the T.R.A.I.L. (Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life) to Diabetes Prevention program. T.R.A.I.L. is an innovative combination of educational, physical, and nutritional activities that provides youth with a comprehensive understanding of healthy lifestyles with the long-term goal of preventing and/or reducing the onset of type 2 diabetes. Woven throughout the 12 week program are self-esteem and prevention activities utilized by BGCA, including contributions from national evidence-based programs such as SMART Moves. Club members draw from Native traditions and history to learn about nutrition, food choices, media influences and the impact of type 2 diabetes.
National Recreation Foundation
BGCA and the National Recreation Foundation (NRF) are teaming up to bring baseball and softball leagues to youth on Native lands. The $10,000 “Fielding Dreams in Indian Country” grant will promote healthy lifestyles among Native youth through team sports. NRF is dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation as a positive force in improving the quality of life of youth by investing in recreation programs.
The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP)’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America through grants that allow BGCA to strengthen, expand, and implement youth mentoring activities and youth development programming.
Red Nose Day
The aim of Red Nose Day is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of childhood poverty and social injustice through the power of entertainment. In 2015 and 2016, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Native Services received proceeds from Red Nose Day, which will be used to build capacity and support increases in average daily attendance in Native Clubs.
Verizon has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on My.Future, a joint project with BGCA in support of Native Clubs and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Dormitory Schools. Through this project, trainers from Boys & Girls Clubs work with BIE Dormitory parents and staff to utilize Nokia tablets with BGCA programming. Through President Obama’s ConnectED program, Verizon has already established wireless broadband connectivity at eight of 10 (BIE) Dormitory Schools and will provide free wireless data service to students for 2 years.
The Walmart Foundation has provided funding to support Healthy Habits, BGCA’s outcome-driven nutrition education program for Native kids and teens. This program addresses the fact that Native youth typically face much higher rates of diabetes than their non-Native peers by providing access to nutritional education. Healthy Habits is focused on basic cooking techniques, smart food shopping, working around resource constraints and using resources from the local community to create healthy meals.