Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
- Among these projects is the Navajo Nation Foster Grandparent Programs, which is one of the original Foster Grandparent programs. This Senior Corps program serves hundreds of children in schools and at Head Start centers throughout the reservation by engaging tribal elders to provide educational, emotional and cultural support.
- Another education initiative is led by Bright Future AmeriCorps, which serves the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska to help give youth healthy alternative activities during the afternoon, evening and weekend hours through a variety of projects and programs.
- Children have also been the focus of Let’s Move in Indian Country, expanding the first lady’s exercise and nutrition initiative to tribal communities. With the support of Nike N7, AmeriCorps VISTA members help promote physical activity, nutrition, and healthy habits to combat the obesity epidemic among Native youth to put them on the path to more active and healthy lifestyles.
- California’s Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps (Hoopa TCCC) has mobilized teams to join disaster response and recovery efforts – including Hurricane Sandy – giving these Native young people the chance to serve while gaining experience that can help them pursue future job opportunities.
- AmeriCorps members have joined Red Cross New Mexico to educate Tribal populations about disaster preparedness and building relationships in the community. The New Mexico team has met with 16 tribal leaders and formed resource lists for use in case of disaster.