“The future of our tribal nations and communities will depend on the ability of our Native youth to prepare themselves for leadership positions,” said San Manuel Chairperson Carla Rodriguez.
Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) January 16, 2013
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of Highland, California has agreed to be the Lead Sponsor of Futures for Children’s Youth Leadership Summits 2013. This is the fourth year that San Manuel has supported the Summits and we are very grateful. The youth leadership summits will take place in spring 2013.
“The future of our tribal nations and communities will depend on the ability of our Native youth to prepare themselves for leadership positions,” said San Manuel Chairperson Carla Rodriguez. “The Youth Leadership Summits program is a significant step in that direction for these outstanding young people. I applaud them for making this commitment to our collective future.”
Each year, Futures for Children’s Youth Leadership Program culminates with life-changing summits at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. At the Youth Leadership Summits, American Indian youth receive 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 year-long community projects and share how their respective communities benefited from their service. High school students also experience college campus life to prepare for college and participate in a community service project. We expect 180 students to attend ranging from ages 11 thru 18 years of age. Elementary school students will experience 3 memorable days, four days for junior high school youth, and five full days for high school students.
We thank San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for making this invaluable experience possible for American Indian youth once again.
The Futures for Children mission is to improve the educational experience to empower American Indians through leadership training and mentorship. 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. Futures for Children’s two other 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 contribute to the Futures for Children Youth Leadership Program for American Indian children, please contact Inky Kim, Vice President of Development, at [email protected]