National Indian Youth Leadership Project Inc.
Gallup, NM 87301 - 7113
Native American communities in rural regions face enormous socio-economic, health, educational and cultural challenges. McKinley County is one of those communities. These problems have resulted in a poorly trained workforce and weak or nonexistent support for healthy child and adolescent development. The National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP), Gallup, NM, has been serving youth in McKinley County for more than 20 years through its flagship positive youth development program, Project Venture. As a community member, NIYLP has first hand knowledge of the problems youth face as well as the lack of trained youth development professionals, as illustrated by consistent challenges in recruiting adequately trained staff. To improve outcomes for youth in our community, we propose to engage a small three member AmeriCorps team in support of evidence-based positive youth development strategies, resulting in positive outcomes for local youth and increased employment opportunities for members.