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Active Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) Awards

Published: November 15, 2018
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Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)

 

Alaskan Region
 

Grantee: Alaska Native Heritage Center
Project Description: The goal for the Alaska Native Heritage Center is to develop and implement an inter-generational cultural identity project that reconnects Alaska Native Youth to their indigenous traditions and fosters the growth of a "survival kit" of knowledge based on their ancestral ways of living.

  • Location: Anchorage, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $328,721

Grantee: Hydaburg Cooperative Association
Project Description: Hydaburg's Tribal and community leaders are aging and there is no process or programs in place to prepare the next generation of community leaders. There are Haida language and carving programs in the village, but they are not coordinating their efforts to develop and empower strong and resilient youth and young adults. Maladaptive coping strategies of drinking and meth and heroin use are prevalent in Hydaburg, and are destroying the social fabric of the community.

  • Location: Hydaburg, Alaska
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development
  • Project Period: 09/30/17 - 09/29/20
  • FY 2018 Award: $326,412

Grantee: Ilisagvik College
Project Description: Ilisagvik College's goal is to increase the availability and accessibility of pre-and concurrent-college programming via summer camps, so that secondary and post-secondary Inupiaq, rural, and Alaska Native students (ages 14-24) have greater access to place-based education and career exploration. The focus of the camps will be on indigenous leadership development; self-esteem and self-confidence building; exploring career pathways in STEM, healthcare and teaching professions; and sharing and perpetuating Inupiaq culture, traditions, and language. Currently, North Slope youth face a variety of challenges in their development, from schooling issues such as high dropout rates and lack of information about postsecondary and/or workforce training options, to an encroaching westernized epistemological system that does not always align with Inupiaq traditions, culture, and values in the educational sphere.

  • Location: Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $317,850

Grantee: Tanana Chiefs Conference
Project Description: The Tanana Chiefs Conference will create a formalized leadership development framework for up to 48 youth and young adults aged 14-24 in the 37 federally recognized tribal communities within the TCC region. The project will do this by developing and implementing a curriculum of organizational and traditional tribal leadership practices coupled with experiential learning opportunities at local, tribal, organizational, and regional levels. These learning opportunities will try and focus on youth and young-adult issues to maximize engagement in decision-making activities at these various levels, fostering the next generation of leaders.

  • Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development
  • Project Period: 09/30/2017 - 09/29/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $337,800

Eastern Region


Oklahoma

Grantee: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Project Description: The goal of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma's (CNO) project Chahta Himmak Pila Pehlichi (CHPP), meaning "Choctaw Future Leaders", is to improve outcomes for Native American youth ages 14 to 24 by implementing evidenced-based strategies and best practices that will increase student engagement in school and learning, encourage cultural and self-identity exploration, increase self-confidence and leadership abilities, improve job and post-secondary school readiness, and further develop local capacity to support Native youth well-being and provide needed support. Interventions will include an after school program providing tutoring, mentorship, counseling, and learning and development events, as well as summer leadership training internship camps featuring job and post-secondary education preparation, and youth directed service-learning projects. 

  • Location: Durant, OK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $310,499

Michigan

Grantee: American Indian Health & Family Services of SE Michigan
Project Description: The American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast Michigan plans to promote economic and social-sufficiency by strengthening leadership opportunities for Native American youth, 14-24 years old. Due to high school and college graduation rates being below the national average, this project will focus on workforce preparation through a comprehensive approach that includes: intergenerational engagement, strengths-based training, and culturally based opportunities.

  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development
  • Project Period: 09/30/17 - 09/29/20
  • FY 2018 Award: $325,837

Grantee: Bay Mills Indian Community
Project Description: To establish a youth goal-setting program to increase the number of Bay Mills Indian Community youth ages 14-24 who show improvements in pro-social behavior, improved academic achievement, college preparation and workforce experience and readiness. The Bay Mills Indian Community struggles with high instances of negative risk behavior from both youth and adults due, in part, to generational trauma, leaving youth lacking in positive role models and positive self identity (Native Youth Connecting), and negatively impacting their life prospects due to low academic achievement (Native Youth Learning) and limited readiness for employment and careers (Native Youth Working).

  • Location: Chippewa County, MI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Midwest
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $310,910

Minnesota

Grantee: Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
Project Description: Bois Forte I-LEAD Program will work to improve school success for youth grades 5th through 12th with additional support and mentoring services both inside and outside of the local schools and improve personal growth of today’s youth by developing a program designed to improve achievement levels and graduation rates amongst Bois Forte Band members. The Bois Forte youth have had a high absentee rate and a low average GPA, beginning in seventh grade, as a result of this there has been decreased graduation rates and a limited number of students entering into post-secondary education, the workforce, or pursing military options.

  • Location: Bois Forte Indian Reservation, MN
  • ANA T/TA Region: Midwest
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $114,350

Grantee: MIGIZI Communications, Inc.
Project Description: The “21st Century Young Warrior's Society” advances the long-term community goal as the project goal is to engage 200 low-income American Indian youth in meaningful programming to strengthen leadership skills and vision for the future; deepen their understanding and sense of cultural identity as they relate to community connections across generations; and improve their educational trajectory so that their futures will be defined by choices, rather than circumstances. The vast majority of American Indian children/youth growing up in Minneapolis experience significant threats to their healthy development, and future chances due to the traumatizing effects of poverty, its attendant social problems, and ongoing structural racism.

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • ANA T/TA Region: Midwest
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $299,828

 

Wisconsin

Grantee: Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Project Description: The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Chippewa is proposing a strengths-based program to improve lives by strengthening Ojibwe identity and resiliency. The project will connect 25 young men with their cultural traditions through seasonal subsistence activities and also address unresolved trauma through Trauma-Focused Group Therapy. The young men will also have a Tribal mentor to guide them on their way to manhood.

  • Location: Hayward, Wisconsin
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development
  • Project Period: 09/30/17 - 09/29/20
  • FY 2018 Award: $260,342

Pacific Region

American Samoa

Grantee: Intersections, Inc.
Project Description: The goal of the project is to increase the number of youth leaders who will effectively communicate the benefits of avoiding risky behaviors and decrease the number of at risk youth in American Samoa. Intersections will develop and implement a youth curriculum and establish a peer support network, which will focus on establishing and utilizing youth leaders to educate and talk to other Samoan youth about avoiding risky behaviors such as pre-marital sex, unhealthy relationships, and bullying.

  • Location: Pago Pago, AS
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $351,278

 

Guam

Grantee: Sanctuary Incorporated of Guam
Project Description: Inafu Maulek is a summer and afterschool project to promote cultural language, history, knowledge, and experience for Chamorro youth, specifically at-risk youth who have experienced abuse, by providing intergenerational teaching and peer leadership projects through a progressive model. Curriculum will be developed along cultural themes such as Chamorro dance and language, navigation, agriculture, leadership and resiliency and taught by elders and community practitioners. Each lesson during the summer will include a field trip to a culturally significant environmental location and conclude with peer-teaching sessions using technology and social media to develop a sense of pride and identity about heritage while developing technical skills. Conditions for at-risk Chamorro youth include high suicide ideation (and rates), youth abuses, bullying, poverty, homelessness, and poor school education.

  • Location: Chalan Pago Ordot, Guam
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $220,716

Hawaii

Grantee: Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike Building Program
Project Description: Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike Building Program proposes a project to increase the self-efficacy of Native Hawaiian youth through a community based leadership project. Project activities include intergenerational learning, farming and stewardship over land and traditional crops, making traditional poi boards and pounders, leadership training, peer mentoring, and youth-led outreach.

  • Location: Hana, Hawaii
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development
  • Project Period: 09/29/17 - 09/30/20
  • FY 2018 Award: $325,176

Grantee: Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy
Project Description: Setting Course Ke Ala O Kanaloa is a three-year project to increase youth resiliency, leadership skills, and increase their readiness for college and a career in ocean-based industries. The project will include three separate cohorts of 16 youth admitted each year, who will experience 20 days of training and instruction services and complete a 10-day open ocean voyage between the major islands of Hawai'i. Youth will also prepare and execute three major project plans in the areas of cultural perpetuation, leadership projects, and college and career plans. The target population if youth ages 16-22 throughout the State of Hawaii and outreach will be conducted on all islands. At least 50% of youth selected for the project will be considered “at risk” based on family income and other extenuating circumstances deemed to be risk factors for achievement.

  • Location: Kaneohe, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $318,595

Grantee: Ka’ala Farm Inc
Project Description: Papahana Alaka’I ‘Opio malama ‘Aina (PAOMA) (Caring for the Land Youth Leadership) utilizes connecting youth back to the aina (land) as a source of empowerment to increase cultural kuleana (responsibility) among Native Hawaiian youth. Through PAOMA, Kala Farms will develop two cohorts of empowered Native Hawaiian youth leaders that are connected to the ‘aina (land), their ‘ohana (family), and community; and can confidently address local challenges through eco-critical analysis and courses of action. The project approach includes a six-week summer intensive program with cohorts of 10 Native Hawaiian youth on the Waianae coast focused on place based experimental research that is rooted in Native Hawaiian culture and traditions. Juniors and seniors from Wai’anae high schools will conduct action research in archeology, natural resource management, geology, biology, hydrology, and agriculture on the Ka’ala Farm. Project staff will continue to work with each cohort throughout the school year to support them in the development and implementation of one community-based project. In addition there will be up to four cultural events per year to engage family members in practicing traditional Native Hawaiian practices.

  • Location: Waianae, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $234,984

 

Western Region

Arizona

Grantee: Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
Project Description: The overarching goal of the “Yoeme Uusim Enrichment and Development Program” (YUEDP) is to strengthen the intergenerational ties between the Pascua Yaqui - Yoeme youth enrolled in this project (14-24) and the elders and traditional healers of the New Pasqua and Old Pasqua communities in order to build healthy resiliency among the Yoeme Youth, increase their working knowledge of their language, culture and traditions. This will be accomplished by native youth interacting with tribal elders, learning about native plants and herbs, agricultural site visits in the Tucson area to become aware of internships, jobs, and educational opportunities. This project will attempt to build upon the inherent strength that exists in the Youth, deep cultural knowledge that exists within the Elder communities and to ensure that the traditional knowledge found in the plants, medicines and strong Native language that exists within the Yaqui community, including the Cultural and Language programs, is allowed to flourish and grow in the upcoming generations who are “Our hope, Our light, our Future”.

  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $314,350

California

Grantee: California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Project Description: Cultivating Original Food Leaders (COFL) is a Native Youth Leading project designed to increase Native Youth's ability to lead continuation of the original food ways of the project region of Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties in Northern California. The original food ways are integral to community health and wellness and are at-risk of not being continued. Among the community of youth served by the project, their participation in an original food ways of the project region was very low (1 out of 20 youth had some previous knowledge and skills in original food ways); but their interest in them is strong. The project goal is stated as follows: Develop an original foods leadership initiative to increase the capacity of youth to lead continuation of the original food ways in the project area through participation in the original food ways and promotion of prioritization, capacity, and strategic collaborations in original food ways continuation with tribal governments and community organizations of the 24 tribes in the region.

  • Location: Santa Rosa , CA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $152,616

Grantee: Riverside – San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.
Project Description: Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. seeks to establish a peer mentoring and social support program to decrease the number of Native American youth in Riverside and San Bernardino counties exhibiting suicidal behaviors (thoughts and attempts). Given a recent increase in suicides in the area, suicality was assessed using a standard suidicality scale during the 2014/2015 school year. The alarming results and data were shared with tribal and school leadership resulting in strong agreement regarding the need to collaborate on a systematic response. The project will utilize the Students Teaching About Relationships and Success (STARS) model, created by FRIENDS FIRST, and will incorporate cultural elements specific to the communities being served to build and strengthen youth connection to community and culture.

  • Location: San Bernardino County, CA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $225,218

Montana

Grantee: American Indian Business Leaders
Project Description: The American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) plans to inspire and prepare 50 high school and college students to be better equipped to enter the workforce when they graduate and have relevant professional experience to make meaningful career-path choices. In this economy, Native American youth lack the resources and access to career readiness and career enhancing service opportunities. With programs focused to address this problem, Native American youth will be better prepared with the skills acquired to have a successful job experience and ready for professional opportunities.

  • Location: Missoula, Montana
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development
  • Project Period: 08/01/2017 – 07/31/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $326,212

Nebraska

Grantee: Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
Project Title: The Ponca Professional Enrichment Program

  • Location: Niobrara, NE
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2017 - 9/29/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $255,202

New Mexico

Grantee: Native PRIDE
Project Description: The goal of this project is to increase cultural resiliency among primary beneficiaries in four partnership Native communities including: Northern Cheyenne, Montana; Kyle, South Dakota; Allen, South Dakota; and, Ft. Peck, Montana. A total of 400 Native youth, 200 -lders/adults, and 32 mental health professions will complete a one-year intergenerational connection project that includes training to establish peer leaders, development of community advisory councils, development of community specific intergenerational action plans, and youth conferences.

  • Location: Corrales, NM
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $304,452

Grantee: Capacity Builders, Inc.
Project Description: The project goal is to train Community Change Agents, who will build positive identity, community connection, and social emotional health, as they engage with the community and support youth-focused, family-focused, and social development programming through community mobilization efforts, training in coordination of services, direct youth services, community service learning projects, and grant writing - effectively building the internal capacity of the Navajo Nation to address local needs through local resources, talent, and mobilization.

  • Location: Farmington, NM
  • ANA T/TA Region: Midwest
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $282,154

Oregon

Grantee: Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Project Description: The We R Native Youth Development Project aims to improve the resilience and life skills among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth (14-24 years old) by increasing their participation and success in leadership positions, by nurturing school and community engagement, and by preparing them to join the public health service workforce. Youth who participate in the We R Native programs are better prepared with the leadership skills to bring back to their local communities, acquire positive work habits, and be better equipped to work in public health service and medical professions. AI/AN youth are disproportionately impacted by rates of substance use, teen pregnancy, depression, and suicide. This program will help to overcome these hardships and will help empower the next generations.

  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development
  • Project Period: 09/30/17 - 08/29/20
  • FY 2018 Award: $314,349

Washington

Grantee: Salish School of Spokane
Project Description: The goal, objectives, and approach for this project have been developed with the input of Native youth and Native community activists. This project is unique because it will establish a new, successful model for improving the lives of Native youth. The Salish School of Spokane Native Youth Empowerment Project will address the root cause of the cultural dissociation and academic difficulties experience by Native youth by providing deep, sustained, and culturally rich programming. The goal of this project is to improve the intellectual, cultural, and social well-being of Native American Youth in the City of Spokane by providing them with educational and cultural services and offering them work skills and experience.

  • Location: Spokane, WA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $216,628
Last Reviewed: November 15, 2018