Family Wellness staff facilitates a Native American high school youth group focused on positive youth development through awareness, job preparation, and culture to occur twice a week during the school year, with off-site trips planned for the summer and weekends. Our goal is to reach more youth by providing relevant activities and curriculum that will reduce at-risk behaviors. Our weekly meetings will include 1 weekly session solely focusing on tutoring students. In efforts to provide strong tutoring assistance FWC staff as well as staff educators will be on site to help students. On our second weekly session activities will include cultural programming and crafts, talking projects based on TANF purpose number 3 pregnancy prevention, off-site trips, and hard and soft skills training. Team-building recreational activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, and rock climbing will be included to compliment the curriculum being delivered. Recreational activities will promote healthy risk taking and the opportunity to build trust within the group while learning positive decision-making skills.
Also included within this program, the intention of forming a youth council with the intention of joining the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) organization, will be developed for the purpose of teaching student’s valuable leadership skills and to promote engagement in tribal government. Students participating in the youth council will gain skills which include: developing communication skills, greater self-esteem and self-confidence, increased organizational skills as well as contributing to make a difference in Native America.