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					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.
       9. birds
       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
 on the back page.
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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
protect them.
                                            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
                                                   Tulalip, WA
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
                                                                 Community First
great week!
                                                     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
                                                     the community.
          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!

• 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
ice cream.

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?

• Cardstock
• 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!
1. sfowerl             6. raestE
2. rnia                7. telufytrb
3. itke                8. snesuinh
4. uddeslp             9. idsrb
5. abemrull            10. omlbo

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