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Developing Tribal Youth
Summer Camps and Programs

Date: March 25 - 26, 2021
Time: 12:30 p.m. EDT; 11:30 a.m. CDT; 10:30 a.m. MDT; 9:30 a.m. PDT; 8:30 a.m. AKDT
Duration: 4 Hours/Day
Tuition:   $849

Attend this LIVE, ONLINE TRAINING presented by our expert, who will be using all the interactive training tools used in the classroom and more. You’ll be able to ask questions, respond to polls, and collaborate with others. Don’t let anything interrupt your training needs. Join us online and experience a different way of learning! Please click here for Virtual Training FAQs.

Get started now! Plan your youth summer culture camps or summer programs. Summer presents a perfect opportunity to nurture and engage your tribe’s youth, teaching them the values, interpersonal skills, and behaviors they’ll need to thrive as adults. In this hands-on class, you’ll discover how to create a fun, positive summer camp or summer program experience for children and teenagers. Come participate in exciting team-building and leadership development activities that you can use with youth, while discovering effective ways to weave culture throughout the camp.

Our Native American Education and Child Development expert, Lisa Harjo*, will teach you proven strategies for transmitting the culture of your tribe and community to coming generations, including how to create meaningful opportunities for parents, youth, and elders to share with each other. Whether you’re looking for guidance on how to establish peer mentoring and tiered mentoring programs, build parental involvement, or come up with creative ways to support and develop your youth, this class will send you home full of exciting new ideas. Each participant will make and take home leather pouches and chokers that they can later make with youth. Come ready to participate in fun and challenging Native American Games that can be used to support good sportsmanship in the youth.

*Subject to change.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E

Working with Stakeholders

  • Strategies for engaging the community
  • Involving elders
  • Hiring cultural experts
  • Ensuring effective communication with parents and guardians
  • Involving tribal councils and youth councils

Designing Culturally Appropriate Curriculum that Builds:

  • Leadership skills
  • Character and values
  • Self-esteem and self-identity
  • Decision-making skills
  • Civic participation
  • Native language-learning skills
  • Ability to “walk in two worlds”
  • Knowledge of tribal government and council operation

Managing Consultants

  • Recruiting and choosing the right teams
  • Orientation and training prior to camp
  • Establishing fair pay for all
  • Deciding on and implementing group and individual management methods
  • Ensuring accountability for results

Managing Logistics

  • Planning youth camp schedules
  • Building a camp budget
  • Camp staffing ratios
  • Transportation
  • Health and safety plans
  • Recruiting and training chaperones
  • Preparing for the unexpected
Recruiting Attendees
  • Deciding on the target audience, including age and geography
  • Coming up with an outreach plan for inclusion
  • Marketing strategies for success with the younger generation
Camp Coordination
  • Enrollment
  • Permission forms
  • Medical records
  • Other necessary records
Evaluating the Camp
  • Defining success
  • Deciding on evaluation measures
  • Quantifying achievements:
    • For funders
    • For tribal leaders
    • For program leadership
    • For program participants
  • Planning for next year

*Topics subject to change.


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