Success is measured by the ability to develop the whole young person, appeal to their senses,
and address the needs of young Native America.
Health & Indigenous Science;
a culturally-relative curriculum
Prevention, Health and Wellness:
We explore health and biological sciences, native foods, ethno-botany and coastal traditions. Programming includes nutrition, exercise, and cultural-based practice. Wellness is addressed through daily Mind-Body-Spirit Yoga class and “Gentle-Warrior” Self Defense instruction.
Youth led presentations are planned for a community lecture series. Youth self-empowerment takes on the attributes of water.
Goals for Health Curriculum:
- Provide a physical healthy learning environment in tune to students' educational needs.
- Provide access to the University setting and function; allow valuable insight in developing goals and dreams.
- Introduce alternatives for better health and nutrition as a priority: assist in choices for physical activity, obesity and common disease prevention.
- Provide a prevention clinic and exploration into sustainable organic life-styles, cultural diets, stimulating concern and consciousness for physical maintenance.
- Increase self-esteem and self-worth and provide a toolbox for self-maintenance.
- Exposure to various health professions and opportunities in medical science/integrated health that will offer career solutions towards assisting own communities.
- Develop Retention programming, linking a network of pre-college, college, graduates, staff and professional mentors.
- Provide holistic learning experience in the development of culture, health and education advocates.
- Success in reaching youth is evident in lessons and values shared with a wider network as leaders once they leave the program.
- Provide a Cultural Reference Point for self and each other. Establish a base of understanding Native Culture(s) within American society.
Scientific expertise empowering indigenous culture, traditions, and knowledge:
Goals for Science curriculum are:
- Provide our young scholars with access to the best science universities and outreach available.
- Provide Native American communities access to university collected research expertise.
- Build the recruitment and retention pipelines for American Indian, Hawaiian and Alaskan Native students.
- Increase on-reservation expertise in the earth and environmental sciences.
- Develop a better understanding of how to integrate culturally-held, indigenous, scientific science knowledge into the teaching of the sciences for American Indian communities nationwide*.
- Students become well prepared for college science course work and more aware of the sciences as an exciting career option.
- Maintain Tribal Environmental Internships with local Tribal EPA’s. Project-supported real work experience in tribal environmental management offices on home reservations, communities, of participating students.
- Locate and work with Indigenous professionals and mentors working as scientists in the community and the private sector
- Support InterTribal Youth leadership campaign “Native Like Water”, raising awareness of our indigenous historic relation to water, conservation.
- Explore the work and sacredness of Dr. Masaru Emoto.