Futures for Children is improving the lives of American Indian Youth

Futures for Children will implement a new project, Native Families for Life, in its programming to create grassroots strategies and develop the political will to invest additional local, tribal, state, and federal resources in prevention, and wellness strategies to improve the lives of Native youth and reduce Native youth suicides.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) January 09, 2013

Futures for Children will implement a new project, Native Families for Life, in its programming to create grassroots strategies and develop the political will to invest additional local, tribal, state, and federal resources in prevention, and wellness strategies to improve the lives of Native youth and reduce Native youth suicides.

Futures for Children has secured a grant in the amount of $75,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the calendar year 2013 to reduce the high suicide rates in Native American communities – particularly in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Thoreau, New Mexico. This project will utilize a participatory, community-based approach to provide youth and families with the skills and capacity to develop policy solutions and facilitate system change. It will employ a “collective impact” approach to create a shared sense of purpose, investment of stakeholder resources, and development of mutually reinforcing activities to establish the political will to fully invest in community improvement and prevention activities to improve the lives of Native youth and reduce the suicide rate.

Sadly, the suicide rate for Native American youth is significantly greater than for other populations in New Mexico. The rate for Native youth was 30.2 per 100,000 for 2008-2010 compared to 17.8 for Hispanics and 19.8 for Caucasians. “With the support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Futures for Children will affect change in the staggering statistics of teenage suicide,” said Teresa C. Gomez, President & CEO, Futures for Children.

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Futures for Children
Futures for Children is a nonprofit organization, formed in 1968, to improve the educational experience and empower American Indian youth through youth leadership, mentorship and families in action. http://www.futuresforchildren.org.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The W.K Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with the sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans: and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For information, visit http://www.wkkf.org

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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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