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05-26-20 Natives in the Spotlight: Boys and Girls Club Native Services

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Within riot building those strengthening those relationships with the families and the caregivers With a lot of the club members and so we're seeing that sort of the clubs are really being a support and providing activities providing family oriented activities. They're providing guidance and direction and offer just being a listening ear right 'cause As like you mentioned I am a parent so the parent even if we have access to both curricula and Internet and things like that as parents. We still Have our daily challenges and so it's always nice to have somebody checking in on you and I think clubs really are feeling that voice in Mauka full ways Then I'm sure that the services are welcomed by parents to end so corny when you think about helping out the caregivers and giving youth something else to do or maybe even help them occupy their time in a productive way What is the real result you think is going on especially during these times so you know it's it's really a deep conversation and We would we identify in terms of having fun in terms of developing life skills We identified what we call the five key elements within the boys and Girls Club movement however When you look and you unpack that what it really is. It's a really deep conversation especially for Indian country right. We understand it. We recognized that as our native communities. you know we talk about historical trauma we talk about all of these different things and unresolved grief well. Our clubs are really filling the void and providing opportunity for children or young people to productive meetings and In learning those life skills so this is really those practices continue although it looks different now during the covert and it's really giving an opportunity to focus on something In addition to recognizing those that unresolved grief but recognizing an opportunity to focus in on on self care during this time in practice skills for ourselves and for our family. And I again those clubs. They're really reaching out and do their mentoring effort In providing that opportunity for these families for that and coming up after the break. We're going to hear from a couple of clubs maybe your children are connected to one. A. How have things changed because of the pandemic and You know summer break. It's right here. What are your thoughts? One eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight is the number and Carlo. We say providing programming that is relevant to the nation that children are from or are living at Talk to me a little bit more about methods of doing that. Was that some me tear. This is Carla help. Okay yeah so You're asking about programs. We do recognize that there is going to be learning loss and so when you think about summer and we think of the the education learning loss that happens over the summer and how our clubs really stepping in In Courtney talk a little bit about you know. Virtual programming where club can use their social media platforms to bring educational opportunities while having fun to the youth those that are at home but also he talked about the distance programming. How do we engage youth in programs without access to technology? And I'm so glad we have some clubs with us today on the call because they're doing amazing work like whether it is club and a backpack or whether it is activities that you don't need technology but making sure those programmes culturally relevant and one of the clubs. They will provide you with the seeds to grow vegetables. Not only just the seeds the dirt the pots in the directions. And then start thinking about how these were used as possibly indigenous foods So our clubs doing amazing about you talked a little bit about programming and it's so important that the culture is woven into everything that they do within their programs in house that done. How so If they're using some of the boys and Girls Club of America's curriculum The native services team has actually adapted many of those programs and encourage them to use if it is a nutrition education curriculum to think about what are their indigenous foods And were they used for medicinal purposes. Or when were they harvested so we actually asked the local clubs to think about? What does it mean you know locally and then If there reflections for youth we have them usually in a talking circle If they are doing something that includes making craft project or are thinking about what is their tribal flag. Look like are they For example we have a diy stem program and they have to make a rocket you know decorate it with your tribal clan or your tribal flag Just really making sure that everything that they do. Actually Is a reflection of the community of the youth that they serve so. I'm not sure if that answers but we have done an amazing job adapting programs in the way we do it. It's not because we've decided it's really leaning and and listening to the needs of our communities mohair examples of that coming up after the break but you can join us to. We are taking a look at the boys and Girls Club of Native Services Section of it in. Maybe your children Participate any thoughts. 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