Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) April 13, 2012
Futures for Children Middle School Youth Leadership Summit for American Indian children will take place at the Cross Bar X Youth Ranch in Durango, Colorado from May 3 through May 6, 2012. This summit is made possible thanks to the generous support of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Because of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ lead sponsorship, Futures for Children has also successfully completed the Elementary School Summit in March at Crow Canyon Archeological Center, and looks forward to the High School Youth Leadership Summit in June at Fort Lewis College.
“The people of San Manuel are pleased to assist with bringing new educational and leadership opportunities to Native American youth,” said Chairman James Ramos, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “Futures for Children performs an important service with building capacity among our youth and preparing them to lead.”
Each year Futures for Children’s Youth Leadership Program culminates with life-changing summits. At the Youth Leadership Summit, American Indian children get intensive training in leadership, communication, and team building skills that includes the challenging yet confidence building high and low ropes courses. Students also get an opportunity to work with children from different tribes which fosters inter-tribal friendships. Most importantly, the students present their community projects and share how their respective communities benefited from their service.
Plans are to include enriching workshops by Fort Lewis College, Crow Canyon Archeological Center and special guest, Rex Harvey, a Navajo motivational speaker on cultural awareness. Our honorary life-time nurse Mary Ann Arnold is back yet again to ensure students’ safety and health during the summit.
Futures for Children wants to thank Cross Bar X Youth Ranch and especially San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for making this invaluable experience possible for American Indian students.
The Youth Leadership Program is part of Futures for Children’s three-pronged approach to self-sufficiency in Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo and Mescalero Apache communities in Arizona and New Mexico as well as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. The other two programs include Mentorship/Friendship and Families in Action. Futures for Children’s founder Dr. Richard P. Saunders’ vision lives on today – “to build communities empowered by self-reliance.”
If you wish to sponsor a Youth Leadership Site for American Indian children, please contact Inky Kim, Vice President of Development, at kimi(at)futuresforchildren(dot)org.
Inky Kim at kimi(at)futuresforchildren(dot)org
Futures for Children
9600 Tennyson Street NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122-2282
505-821-2828 x 109