Academics, Leadership, Culture, Wellness.
Youth stay in dorms @ University of California, San Diego with a 2-4 day camping trip.

Goal of the 2017 InterTribal Youth San Diego program is to provide a university experience to high school/middle school Native American, Hawaiian & Alaskan Native Youth.  Program bridges cultural wisdom with science, health and lifestyle.
Youth ages 12-18 Serviced by program: 30
University Age Student Mentors serviced by program: 8
University, Tribal Professionals, Elders who service the program: 30

InterTribal Youth's longest running program celebrating 17 Years. The InterTribal Youth flagship program offers a "holistic, indigenous, approach to education." We weave wellness, culture, leadership and academic enrichment into a life-changing experience. Youth explore San Diego's best Universities, Colleges, Native Communities, and environments with nationally recognized instructors and mentors.

Eligibility : We accept youth of ages 12-18 and from all educational backgrounds, regardless of their GPA. Our academic focus is based on a holistic approach. This approach allows youth to easily tap their potential. Historically, each of our youth go on to make a positive contribution to their community and world. Youth primarily come from California, with Native youth also joining us from Arizona, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and other parts of the nation.
Program registration is now closed. Please see our international Panama Program August 3.  Please contact us early.

Tentative Itinerary Below . Primary Location is San Diego at the beautiful coastal campus of UCSD. During the program a 4 day field trip will take youth to La Jolla Reservation, Palomar Mountain, and  Northern Malibu Coastal Chumash Village. Proposed schedule blow is subject to changes. Questions? See our San Diego Frequently Asked Questions Click here


Day 1: University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Arrival Day. After Greetings and Orientation, participants check-into university dorm rooms. UCSD sits on high bluffs aside majestic views of the Pacific Ocean. This was once an important Kumeyaay village site. Today it marks the starting point for our educational journey in knowledge of self, others and greater horizons.

Day 2, 3: University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Start the morning on the beach with the options of yoga and surfing. After breakfast on campus, participants will begin a seminar in Music, Culture, Language, and Writing (MCLW).  Working together, students break the boundaries of western education, opening new horizons of self-expression and thought.

That evening we take in the natural beauty of Torrey Pines State Park Reserve on a tour of Coastal Indigenous Science led by local Kumeyaay Native Ethno-Botonists. We observe the plants and earth that we must understand for future generations. Youth enjoy a sunset walk aside the Pacific before returning to campus.

Each day of the program is concluded with a guided men's and women's talking circle, allowing for thought, deep connections and solutions to overcoming shared challenges.

After morning exercise regimen in yoga or martial arts, youth take a trip down to UCSD's world famous Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium. World-renowned scientists will guide our tour and help us understand our vital relationship with the ocean and its life.

Climate change is finally forcing much of science to take note of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Indigenous Science. ITY will hold labs with the Department of Physics and Chemistry at UCSD to explore science and how attention to traditional wisdom can benefit the human family.

Students will have an opportunity to snorkel and paddle in the protected waters of the calm bay of La Jolla Cove and Shores. A solid time to practice, water safety, traditional ocean use, tribal games, surfing and body-boarding skills will be on order for the day. SIO staff will guide us through the importance of research and coastal geology.

Presentations can be scary to some. Oral history and storytelling is part of our timeless culture. Guest artists will hold workshops to prepare youth in telling their modern story.

Day 4: San Diego State University (SDSU),  San Pasqual/Barona Indian Reservation We pack up and take a short drive to San Diego State University (SDSU). We experience the second branch of the California’ State University “CSU” System. We note the differences, similarities and advantages.  A panel of Native Students and Teachers talk informally with our group and exchange gifts.

We embark on a Tour of three of San Diego’s 17 Indian reservations for a day of hosted events and visits. We stop at the award-winning Barona Cultural Center or San Pasqual Education Center where Ipay and Kumeyaay culture is restored. During a Mock Tribal Youth Council, students take on the role of Tribal Leaders, gaining experience in sovereign decision-making on behalf of the community.

After lunch, we head to the mountains where the water still flows through Native hands. We set up camp at La Jolla Indian Reservation Campground and refresh ourselves in the shaded river. Before, sundown, we continue our Music and Writing Seminar. Luiseno Leader Chris Devers joins us fireside with his family for storytelling, songs and discussion.

High up in the San Diego mountains, La Jolla Reservation hosts the perfect location for star gazing and study. UCSD Astro-Physist, Adam Burgasser joins us with his telescopes to open up the night to learning and direction.

Day 5, 6: La Jolla Reservation Campground, Indian Health Council, Inc. Clinic, Rincon and Pala Reservation
After a light breakfast, Purdue University and local tribal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead us on a walk, observing the subtle importance of the land.

For lunch we head down the mountain to the Rincon Reservation. IHC hosts us as we explore career possibilities in health. Students learn about Culinary Arts, how to identify quality organic produce at Pauma-Tierra Miguel Foundation Organic Farm, and how to work as a team to prepare food for better health.

Food is Medicine demonstration will be served for dinner as youth eat and laugh their way to health. Our program's food service is one of the standout memories of our program. Organic, native foods help clear our minds and improve our future generations. 

Hot chocolate, relaxation, burnt marshmallows, and cultural story-telling, songs, with Pauama-Luiseno Elder Chris Devers (Pauma).

Following morning, we leave campsite and head down the mountain. We take time for morning Recreation before a Cultural Center Tour at Pala Reservation. The tour opens our eyes to advanced thinking on how balancing gaming revenue can benefit youth and community. After speaking with leaders and youth, we drive back to UCSD via CSUSM. We take rest and after dinner continue our seminar in Music and Writing. Inspired by our days together, we take this night to share each of our cultural backgrounds.

Day 7, 8, Northern Malibu Coast/ Wishtoyo Traditional Village of the Coastal Chumash People A model of education and cultural sovereignty for coastal people, Wishtoyo is a unique and leading example of an original Southern California Coastal Village. Indigenous Science is shared publically to bridge an understanding of our timeless relationship to the land and sea. #nativelikewater

Day 9, 10, 11, 12: UC San Diego Pathways to college are reviewed in detail and students are prepared with academic planners and a new focus on life-goals. UCSD's InterTribal Resource Center, Early Academic Outreach (EAOP) collaborate on a solid itinerary of college prep and financial aid.

Continuing days are filled with ITY's culturally-relative writing module, indigenous science, oceanography, multiple guest presentations and another day of surfing.

Writing workshops and projects are finalized as we prepare to celebrate each one's accomplishments. We spend another day in the water to round off our experience. Re-uniting with the ocean and beach is always a refreshing way to maintain balance. We will casually evaluate how far we all have come in such a short time. A life-changing experience sets in as youth have a "golden moment".

We spend an evening fire-side on the beach with local Kumeyaay and Ipai cultural story-tellers and Bird Singers refreshing our coastal spirit.

Our tour and personal journey with students ends for now as we transition and continue on the path of success, enlightened, and refreshed in mind and spirit. We will have a Pre-Lunch Recognition of participants and wish everyone well as we continue to make a better world for ourselves, our families and future generations.

VIDEO Union Tribune TV News: More then an academic enrichment program, we gather in ceremony, in reverence of our land, ancestors, and each other. A short glimpse.

Old ways in modern Days. Cahuilla and desert tribes would traditionally visit the coast during summer. At UCSD-SIO Birch aquarium, traditional Kumeyaay Territory, with  L to R:  Jenna Donayre (Barona Kumeyaaay), Miguel Hernandez (Pauma/Rincon Kumeyaay-Luiseno) with Timmy Siva (Agua-Caliente Cahuilla) 

Old ways in modern Days. Cahuilla and desert tribes would traditionally visit the coast during summer. At UCSD-SIO Birch aquarium, traditional Kumeyaay Territory, with  L to R:  Jenna Donayre (Barona Kumeyaaay), Miguel Hernandez (Pauma/Rincon Kumeyaay-Luiseno) with Timmy Siva (Agua-Caliente Cahuilla) 

New friends!. University Dorm Life at UCSD with youth from Southern and Northern California.

New friends!. University Dorm Life at UCSD with youth from Southern and Northern California.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography Research Pier at Uc San Diego

Scripps Institute of Oceanography Research Pier at Uc San Diego

Science can be fun ! with Astrophysicists Dr. Adam Burgasser at UC San Diego

Science can be fun ! with Astrophysicists Dr. Adam Burgasser at UC San Diego

Mock Tribal Council at Barona Tribe: northern California Coyote Valley Pomo unite with Rincon youth to make leadership decisions for the good of the community

Mock Tribal Council at Barona Tribe: northern California Coyote Valley Pomo unite with Rincon youth to make leadership decisions for the good of the community

La Jolla Reservation Campground with Environmental Protection Agency. Youth measure the flow of the river that feeds San Diego County.

La Jolla Reservation Campground with Environmental Protection Agency. Youth measure the flow of the river that feeds San Diego County.

culturally Relative writing course allows for young expression and thought

culturally Relative writing course allows for young expression and thought

Must See Wishtoyo Village Video: Mati Waiya, Chumash ceremonial elder upholding both traditional ancestral heritage and customs whilst managing the immense task of articulating very current and relevant concerns for the coastal environment. 

Singer, Songwriter, Paul Cannon (San Pasqual- Kumeyaay), knows the struggle and knows their is a  brighter horizon. #icanspell #icanschool #icansober #sdpadres #hometown

Singer, Songwriter, Paul Cannon (San Pasqual- Kumeyaay), knows the struggle and knows their is a  brighter horizon. #icanspell #icanschool #icansober #sdpadres #hometown


Shared Registration Fee per participant: $1300 for the So Cal Program, July 16-July 27, (12 Days)
Shared Registration Fee Explained: The actual cost of the 2-week program is $2600 per participant. InterTribal Youth provides half scholarship match of $1,300 per each youth through ITY fundraising efforts.
ITY asks that each participant/organization provide the matching half of the cost through a “shared registration fee".

Thus, the “shared registration fee” for each participant is the remaining half of $2600 which is $1300 for the 2-week program, as cost to student, family, tribe/organization/sponsor.

Families and participants accomplish raising the “shared registration fee” with direct support from their community organizations, fundraising, tribal support, TANF, and/or family contribution. If a youth or family has trouble meeting the “shared registration fee” or lack resources, InterTribal Youth will work together with the student, community and family to locate the “shared registration fee”.

During the programs, all food, lodging, materials, instruction, snacks, and events are included.

Transportation to the meeting points in San Diego are not included in the shared registration fee. ITY does provide courtesy personal airport pick-up by our staff. 

Non-refundable deposit: 1st Payment, of $700 is to be submitted with registration form by May 15th (early registration); a registration form are emailed by request (click here)
2nd payment of $600 must be received before July 1, 2017.
(You may also choose to pay both payments at once with registration form)
Deposit guarantees reserved program spot. Spaces are limited to 25 students.
First come basis for this program. Groups of 4 or more, please contact us directly. A confirmation packet with all details, waivers, and what to bring is mailed/ emailed when registration form and deposit are received

Worth it: Consider comparing the cost of a normal 3-day youth conference registration fee plus hotel cost, plus food, and personal one on one mentorship. One can see the obvious value, and decency, of the “shared registration fee” and ITY Programs.

Each ITY summer program services 25 youth at a time, allowing each participant to receive personal attention and keep the teacher/mentor student ratio ideal for a learning experience. InterTribal Youth assures that each youth receives a world-class education and exposure to the best resources imaginable.

Programs include 1st class accommodations, great food, nutrition, and access to the top ranked universities in the world. Daily curriculum focus is on wellness, culture, writing, storytelling, performance art, and indigenous earth and biological sciences. Our mentors and teachers are accomplished individuals and include young PhD doctoral candidates and guest lecturers known nationally and internationally for their work. With access to this experience, we guarantee a life-enriching experience second to none.

Questions? Please see our San Diego Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions Click here

We encourage giving. "It takes a village to raise a child" Monetary or service donations contact us or: click here.

 Watch this great San Diego Union Tribune feature video, below, from our past 2014 Summer.

Video by San Diego Union Tribune reporter Christian Rodas