San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Supports Futures for Children High School Native American Youth Leadership Summit

Intertribal Summit to Bring Native Youth Leaders Together for Summer Meeting

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Our students deserve opportunities like the Summit to learn directly from qualified leaders and teachers as well as from each other, as they prepare themselves for future leadership positions.

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) May 26, 2012

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians sponsors Futures for Children High School Youth Leadership Summit at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, June 4-8, 2012. 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.

"We are pleased to support the Youth Leadership Summit for Native high school students," said Chairperson Carla Rodriguez, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “Our students deserve opportunities like the Summit to learn directly from qualified leaders and teachers, as well as from each other, as they prepare themselves for future leadership positions.”

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has already sponsored two completed summits - the Elementary School Summit in March at Crow Canyon Archeological Center and the Middle School Summit in May at Cross Bar X Youth Ranch.

Through the course of a summit each student has an opportunity to present a community projects and share how their respective communities benefited from their service. The high school summit is held at a college to introduce students to campus life. This is the second year in a row that we are holding the high school summit at Fort Lewis College. The high school students always provide a full day of service during their five days of leadership training. The students will be back at Manna Soup Kitchen to cook meals for 200 people and La Plata Humane Society to help care for animals, conduct clean up duty and assist with other store needs.

Plans also include enriching workshops by Fort Lewis College. Our honorary life-time nurse Mary Ann Arnold will be back yet again in Durango to ensure students’ safety and health during the summit.

We want to thank Fort Lewis College and especially San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for making this invaluable experience possible for American Indian youth.

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.” The Futures for Children mission is to improve the educational experience to empower American Indians through leadership training and mentorship.

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.

Press Contact:
Inky Kim at kimi(at)futuresforchildren(dot)org
Futures for Children
9600 Tennyson Street NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122-2282
505-821-2828 x 109
http://www.futuresforchildren.org


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