Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) March 02, 2012
Futures for Children is pleased to announce that the Elementary School Youth Leadership Summit for American Indian children will take place at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado from March 9 through March 11. This summit along with two additional summits in May and June 2012 are made possible thanks to the generous support by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
“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 perform an important service with building capacity among our youth and preparing them to lead.”
Deborah Gangloff, President of Crow Canyon said, “Crow Canyon Archeological Center is proud to host the Futures for Children Elementary Youth Leadership Summit this year, as part of our on-going partnership. Crow Canyon’s campus is the perfect place for students to learn leadership skills and find out more about the rich American Indian history of the Four Corners area.”
Each year, Futures for Children’s Youth Leadership Program culminates with life-changing summits. At the Youth Leadership Summit, American Indian children get intensive leadership, communication, and team building skills. 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.
Futures for Children volunteer Kialo Winters will be documenting the students at this summit along with award winning photographer Harvey Stearn. Our honorary life-time nurse Mary Ann Arnold is back to join us to ensure children’s safety and health during the summit.
We want to thank Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and especially San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for making this invaluable experience possible for American Indian children.
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.