U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Native American Programs
Newsletter for Native Youth 2011 vol. 2
Boys & Girls Club Mentoring Programs Recognized at
National Mentoring Summit
Dean, a 7th grader and member of the Three Affiliated Tribes
in North Dakota traveled to Washington, DC in January for the
National Mentoring Summit. He represented all youth in Boys &
Girls Clubs of America’s mentoring programs at the event. Dean
was joined by his mentor, Coby Rabbithead, a Boys & Girls Club staff
member and mentor. Dean is very active in the Boys & Girls Clubs
of the Three Affiliated Tribes, is a member of several sports teams,
and serves on the N.A.T.I.V.E. Youth Council and Torch Club. Coby has
been a mentor for over four years and coaches Dean’s basketball
First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech during the Summit. Dur-
ing her speech, Dean and Coby sat on the stage behind her! Mrs.
Dean and Coby sit behind First Lady Michelle Obama
during her speech at the National Mentoring Summit
Obama inspired the nearly 500 people who were there. "Having a
mentor is more important than ever before. And that's because, in
many ways, being a kid today is tougher than ever before. And then when you add in the age-old struggles of just
plain old growing up – the anxiety, the confusion, the academic and the social pressure – you've got an entire gen-
eration of young people truly in desperate need of a friend, someone they can trust, an example they can follow.
And that's where all of you come in," she said.
After her speech, the mentor match listened to a panel of Cabinet members talk about their mentoring experi-
ences. Dean and Coby discussed their Club’s mentoring program during a special meeting for summit partici-
pants. It was truly the trip of a lifetime!
Club Members Connect With Ancestors through Jewelry
Club members at the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley in the Gila River Indian Community have been taking
a class to learn about an art practiced by their ancestors many years ago. The Yuman Pee-Posh Clay Work and
Beading Class teaches youth how to make traditional Maricopa clay pieces and jewelry. During the class, Club
members are able to construct, design, and produce clay pieces. They also make Pee-Posh coil and Colorado River
Indian cape necklaces from beads. The youth are having lots of fun expressing themselves through this tra-
ditional art form. Their pieces will be shown in a Club art collection reflecting the phrase “Great Futures Start
Here.” Each member will make a piece that represents the beginning of their great future. The Clay Work and
Beading Class has helped Club members reconnect with their roots while strengthening their minds.
Club Member Spotlight
Extra, Club member, Cheyenne from the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Tahlequah won the Soropti-
mist Club of Tahlequah's annual Violet Rich-
ardson Volunteerism Award. As part of the
award, she received $300 that she plans to
REad all put in her savings account for college. Below
is her essay. Congratulations!
About Giving Back
I believe that everyone should give back to
their community. Volunteering shows that
a person is generous, compassionate, and
good-hearted. A volunteer is kind enough to
give up a few hours of their time to better
their community. They also serve others Cheyenne receives the Violet Richardson
from the President
without expecting to get anything in return. Volunteerism AwardClub of Tahlequah
of the Soroptimist
Volunteering not only helps and benefits
one’s community but, it benefits the volunteers themselves. For instance, I
believe volunteering makes a person feel worthy, as if they’ve accomplished
something because they made someone else’s life better or they made a
10. bloom change in their community somehow.
8. sunshine I am 16 years old and a junior at Sequoyah High School. I am involved in many
7. butterfly extracurricular activities like National Honor Society, A.I.S.E.S, F.C.A, Varsity
6. Easter Golf, and the Cherokee National Youth Choir. However, I have recently started
5. umbrella helping out with the Boys & Girls Club. When I get out of school I proceed to
4. puddles Tahlequah Middle School. I help with a group of 6th grade students. The first
3. kite hour we have class, where the kids do homework or get help with work they
2. rain are having trouble with. I’m very good with mathematics so that is what I
1. flowers mainly assist with. After homework hour the kids go to their choices. Choices
are fun activities the kids may sign up for like guitar, computers, Wii, and
various others. I usually help with the kids who go to the gym or outside. My
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job is to roam around and play with the kids and make sure they aren’t doing
things that will get them into trouble.
Boys & Girls Club’s mission statement is “To inspire, educate, and empower all
young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize
their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens, in a safe
and fun environment.”
I first decided to volunteer because my school requires 10 hours each year
and I was just trying to get my hours out of the way. However, I guess I have
become fond of the kids. I like helping and spending time with them, and just
being a good role model. I have accomplished so much through volunteering.
I have gained job experience, leadership abilities, new friends, and personal
growth. And I can only hope that I have made an impact on someone.
I am required to do community service, but instead of looking at it as having
to do it, I now look at it as a challenge. I challenge myself to make a difference
in my community. The best way to experience success is by overcoming my
set challenge. I’ll let my creativity shine through and discover new ways to
help and volunteer in my community.
Special Programs Promote Health and Culture
Club members at the Little Earth Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities
have been enjoying two special programs. They love learning about healthy eat-
ing through the T.R.A.I.L. diabetes prevention program. They are also learning the
Ojibwe language through the Anishinaabe Language Program.
T.R.A.I.L. teaches youth how to prevent type 2 diabetes through healthy eating
and exercise. During the program, Club members learn how to cook healthy
meals and snacks. Using the recipes they learned in class, participants created a
healthy cookbook to share with their families. They also invited their families to
the Club for a healthy dinner.
Club members proudly display certificates
after completing the T.R.A.I.L. program
“Boozhoo!” (“Hello!”) is one of the words Club members have learned in the Anishi-
naabe Language Program. The program is taught by an Ojibwe language speaker. Club members are learning to speak the
language through practice and videos. Many of the youth can already say phrases and give answers to questions. Program
participants also engage in traditional activities such as singing, drumming, and burning sage. Youth recently made cultural
collages using pictures and words from the Ojibwe language. Ojibwe words are posted all over the Club to help kids learn
outside of the program, too.
Music Production – A Class Act!
The Boys & Girls Club of the Seminole Tribe of Florida offers a fun and exciting Music Production Program for its youth.
This program started at the Big Cypress unit. It had an immediate positive
response from both the youth and parents. The Seminole Tribe of Florida
recently opened a new Club at the Brighton Reservation Charter School. This
Club wasted no time in starting the Music Production Program.
The Club is proud to offer this fun-filled, challenging and educational pro-
gram in music and media production. It is designed for youth ages 5-18.
Each session lasts an hour and a half. It is located at the Pemayetv Emahakv
Charter School and the Ahfachkee School. This program makes it possible
for youth to gain knowledge of music production, builds self-confidence and
promotes the ability to work with technology.
Club members practice their DJ skills
Participants learn a wide variety of skills including DJ skills, voice dubbing, perfor-
mance, and music marketing. Youth also learn the proper use of music produc-
tion equipment, group responsibility, cooperation, and time management skills.
Students work together as a team. They each take a turn at every role in the
production. This learning opportunity can increase academic skills and open the
door to future career options.
The music production program has been a favorite with the Boys & Girls Club
members. Due to their enthusiasm, the program is now being expanded.
The Dog Days of Winter
Bois Forte Band member Maurice Champagne and Boys & Girls Club
of the Northland – Nett Lake Branch Director Donald Chosa, Jr. want-
ed to bring dogs and sleds to the youth in Nett Lake. They thought
the youth would have fun while learning about the important role
dog sledding plays in the Bois Forte culture. "In the 1800's, dog sled-
ding was a big part of our culture. This is another way to get the kids
outdoors, away from video games and TV,” said Champagne. Chosa
worked with the Nett Lake School Principal to create a dog sledding
program for the youth in grades K-6.
Besides getting to ride the sleds, the youth learned about the life
of John Beargrease. John delivered mail to villages by dog sled. The Nett Lake youth enjoy a day of dog sledding
youth also learned that dogs can travel 30 to 40 miles in a day, which
is a lot further than what is possible through canoeing, paddling or snowshoeing. Champagne said he wanted
the youth to know that “dogs are a gift from the spirits to teach us, and to offer protection and help. Their
senses, particularly their eyes and ears, are better than humans, and that's why the Creator provided them as a
friend for people.”
Nordic Kids – Skiing the “Barnie”
The Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles in Wisconsin offers a
winter program for youth called Nordic Kids. This is a combined ef-
fort with the Hayward Community. Youth participants learn vari-
ous styles of skiing from local amateur and professional athletes.
Nordic Kids allows members to learn the basics of both classical
and skate skiing. The program takes place every Sunday for eight
weeks. About 100 children, ages 6-12, including several Club mem-
bers participated this year. After each lesson there was a potluck
of healthy snacks.
Youth skiers on the day of the “Barnie” The Nordic Kids program prepares youth for the annual “Barnie.”
The “Barnie” is a fun youth skiing event that imitates the Birke-
beiner Cross Country Ski race. It is held in Hayward, Wisconsin,
every year. The “Barnie” is the kick off to the weekend leading up to
the American Birkebeiner. The youth ski down Main Street with
hundreds of viewers cheering them on. At the end, they are all
awarded a medal. The Club is honored to have such an exciting
event right in their very own backyard every year.
The American Birkebeiner was first created by Tony Wise, a Hay-
ward native, with the support of Lac Courte Oreilles Elders like Pipe
Mustache and tribal friends like Ernie St. Germaine. Wise designed
the ski race after the Birkebeiner Rennet, which had been held in
Norway since 1932. He started the American Birkebeiner in 1973.
The Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles is proud of its skiers.
from the Nations
Gila River Indian Community Native Hawaiian at the conference, they visited Walt
Disney World, toured the University
Komatke, AZ Honolulu, HI of Central Florida, and gave a make-
over to a local Florida elementary
Youth and teens from the Boys & Girls school. They also saw some of their
Club of the East Valley – Komatke favorite performers in concert such
Branch are learning a lot about the as J. Cole, Minor Behavior, and Ashan-
negative effects of drugs. Club mem- ti! Some of the youth had never been
bers, ages 9-12, are participating in a out of the state before this trip. The
16-week program called “Too Good for Club members want everyone to
Drugs.” Teachers from Education Out- know that they will never forget the
side the Box, Inc. visit the Club for an amazing experience. Congratula-
hour every week. They discuss topics The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii celebrate a tions to the First Nation Keystoners!
successful Pro Bowl Recycling Project event
such as meth abuse and suicide preven-
tion. They also learn about goal-setting,
This January, over 90 youth from the
risks, consequences, bullying, personal
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii – Nanakuli
strength, and team-building. Club staff
Unit and six other Clubhouses took
share that youth enjoy the class and
part in the 2011 Pro Bowl Recycling
what they are learning. The Club is very
Project during Pro Bowl weekend.
grateful to have the program and staff
Youth and Club staff arrived bright
look forward to hearing about what the
and early to Aloha stadium to get ready
youth have learned every week.
for game day. The goal of the project Keystoners from the First Nation Boys & Girls
Club of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Pomo Nation was to collect recyclables from fans
attend the 2011 National Keystone Conference
that were tailgating. They handed out
Nice, CA plastic bags for recyclable items and
picked them up at the end of the day.
Club members learned about how to
separate the items and worked as a continued on page 6
team to sort thousands of cans and
bottles! Thanks to their partnership
with the NFL, the money earned from
the recyclables is being donated to all
Youth pose for a picture with a local police of the Clubs.
officer and his police dog
Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
The Boys & Girls Club of the Pomo
Nation held an Open House for the lo- Pembroke, NC
cal community during National Boys
& Girls Club Week. During the Open The Keystone Club of the First Nation
House, community members learned Boys & Girls Club of the Lumbee Tribe
about Club activities and the services of North Carolina recently reached
offered to children. There was also a Silver status! This March, eight of the
book fair, spaghetti dinner, and lots of hard-working Club members attended
fun family activities. The Club shared the 2011 National Keystone Conference
that the local Sheriff’s Department in Orlando, FL. These youth were
visited with two of their friends – invited because of their dedication to
their police dogs! Officers showed community service, education, and
youth how the police dogs help and career preparation projects. While
News from the Nations (continued from page 5)
The Confederated Tribes of Tulalip Boys & Girls Club Boys & Girls Club of the
Warm Springs Eastern Shoshone Tribe
Warm Springs, OregoN ForT Washakie, WY
Club members at the Tulalip Boys
& Girls Club got a treat when a lo- The Boys & Girls Club of the East-
cal Kohl’s store donated 160 Hooey ern Shoshone Tribe in Wyoming
stuffed dolls to the Club. To encour- now has a brand new $1.7 million,
age reading, the staff created a 22,000-square-foot Club! The Mari-
Dr. Seuss reading program where lyn Roberts Youth Facility opened
youth could win a stuffed animal its doors on December 11, 2010.
just for reading Dr. Seuss books. Today, it serves 300 Club members.
Fun Run participants show off their t-shirts Lon and Nancy Lewis made a $1
After completing five Dr. Seuss
To celebrate completing the T.R.A.I.L. books, they received a Hooey doll. million endowment, the largest
program, youth from the Warm The Club members liked reading donation ever made to a non-profit
Springs Branch of the Boys & Girls so much that they began to read organization on the Wind River
Club of Portland Metropolitan Area to pre-school age members to help Reservation. Eastern Shoshone
held “Penny Carnival Week.” The Club the younger kids win a Hooey doll. Business Council Chief Ivan Posey
set up game booths at the carnival The Dr. Seuss theme continued with says that the new facility is “a dream
such as a ring toss, mini bowling, a youth completing word searches, come true!” Now the kids have a
dice game, veggie race, a small and mazes, coloring sheets, and watch- new, safe place to go. The Club has
large hoop shoot, a duck pond, bean ing movies. The program ran until many different areas for the youth
bag toss, hop scotch, ball toss, and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd. To to enjoy. There is a teen center, arts
jump rope (phew!). Youth chipped in celebrate the end of the program, and crafts room, game room with
and helped plan, set up, and work all Club members read the book “Green kitchen/café, media center, large
of the booths. For each game, youth Eggs and Ham,” and ate it for break- gymnasium, and locker room!
earned points. Based on the number fast too!
of points they earned, they could
choose a prize from the prize table.
At the end of the week, the Club held
a party and a Fun Run for the Club
members, parents, volunteers, and
community members. Everyone
Missouri River Youth Put Family and
that participated in the Fun Run
received a special t-shirt. It was a
Youth from the Wagner and Marty Units of the Boys & Girls Club of the Mis-
souri River Area are having a great time taking part in the Kimberly-Clark
Corporation’s Family PLUS (Parents Leading, Uniting, Serving) program. The
program is very popular because the kids enjoy spending quality time with
their parent(s) or mentor. They also feel good about giving back to the com-
munity and getting the community involved. Youth honor a relationship
with a parent or adult mentor who has made a difference in their life. They
do this by performing an act of service, kindness, and generosity in their
community. For their community service project, youth from the Wagner
Unit spent a day cleaning up Wagner Lake. Youth from the Marty Unit took
time to clean up the housing area and the Club grounds. The Club also held
a Family PLUS Cook Off. Three families were given a recipe with the same
ingredients. They only had a set amount of time to prepare the recipe. It
was a very close call, but the judges were able to select a winner. The Family
PLUS program has made a huge impact on youth, parents, mentors, and
Diabetes Prevention Corner —
Making Healthy Choices!
We All Scream for Ice Cream!
Club members at the Boys & Girls Club of Dine Nation’s Crownpoint
Unit in New Mexico are learning life skills with Kid's Kitchen. Youth
are learning how to cook simple, healthy meals and snacks instead of
junk food. They are also learning about keeping the cooking area clean,
kitchen safety tips like how to use a knife, and recipes from different
cultures. So far, participants have learned to make tamales, pizza,
Cuban black beans, fruit salad, lemon pie, blue corn mush, taco salad,
fried rice, fruits kabobs, Waldorf salad, apple salad, carrot salad and
veggie kabobs. Every Friday, about 15 Club kids cook with Gloria Yazzie,
the nutrition educator from the New Mexico State University Exten- Club members shake the
ir bags to make
sion Office as part of the local 4-H project. Participants have even made ice cream
the recipes from Kid’s Kitchen at home with their parents. The Kid’s
Kitchen members say taste-testing is their favorite part! Recently they
learned how to make simple vanilla ice cream in a plastic bag using milk,
vanilla and ice. Homemade ice cream is healthier than ice cream you buy
at the grocery store because you can choose the ingredients. Making
your own ice cream is also an easy, fun activity. Give it a try!
Try this yummy recipe!
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
• 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag
• 1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
• 2 trays of ice cubes
• 6 tablespoons rock salt
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• ½ cup milk
• ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Fill the big bag half full of ice cubes, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag. Put
milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it. Place the small bag
inside the large one, and seal it again carefully. Shake until the mixture is ice
cream, about 5 minutes. Wipe off the top of the small bag; open it carefully.
Note: You can add 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder for chocolate
Suggested toppings: Fresh or frozen berries, banana slices, jam, walnuts,
pecans, peanut butter, or coconut. Use your imagination!
Painting in the Rain!
Who says rainy days have to be boring?
• 2 Washable Markers
1. Draw on cardstock with washable markers, and then place the papers
outdoors in the rain until the colors have run.
2. Bring the paintings back inside and put them on a flat surface to dry.
Spring Word Why did the whale
Scramble cross the road?
Answer on page: 2
Answer: To get to the other tide!
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2. rnia 7. telufytrb
3. itke 8. snesuinh
4. uddeslp 9. idsrb
5. abemrull 10. omlbo
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