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Youth Enrichment Programs and Adult Volunteer Experiences.
Traditional Voyaging Canoe Hikianalia, San Diego, Oct. 31st - Nov. 5th Hikianalia sailed more than 2,800 miles across the Pacific to the State of California carrying a message about the critical need to address climate change. Demonstrating the value of nature, the oceans and indigenous knowledge, the crew found their way to California on the solar and wind powered canoe using ancient Polynesian wayfinding techniques: following cues from nature (the sun, stars, waves and birds) without using GPS or other modern instruments. The canoe and crew continue sailing down the coast of California making a final stop in San Diego before returning to Hawaiʻi in December.
Culture of the Nahua Coast, Mexico February 14-19 2019, (Presidents Weekend). Coastal living is an indigenous way of life, as is surfing and eating well. Native Like Water put together a small program for folks looking to experience an authentic indigenous reservation life-style and culture on the Pacific Nahua Coast of Mexico. Our natural environments contain "superfoods" and ways of health, when re-introduced, have a fascinating impact to our senses and well-being.
Jamaica Sweet 2019 Cultural Exchange and Earth Family Gathering, March 27 - April 2, 2019 This program is designed with no age limit. It is for youth, adults, and elders. Perfect for students, teachers, mentors, parents and extended Family. Bob Marley and Jamaica has given the world so much. Join the invitation to attend the VIP Earth Family Gathering, Kingston Community Exchange and Ocho Rios, Irie River.
InterTribal Youth / Young Native Scholars Summer Enrichment Residential (18th Annual) So Cal, California. July 14-25, 2019; For ages 12-18. An eighteen-year history of curriculum and enrichment programs culturally based in science, arts, wellness and leadership. This is our flag-ship program that services youth ages 12-18 whom are considered "pre-college" and at the highest risk. Over the years, 100's of youth have been enriched locally, nationally, and internationally during residential programming and community learning. Elders, top professionals, leaders, and college-age mentors provide support staff. Program is now full.
Inter-generational International Exchange for adults, college age and youth: Panama Central America June 22-30 2019
Registration NOW OPEN. A no pressure, leisurely, Inter-generational learning and relaxing experience. The goal of the program is to introduce ourselves to the concept of Indigenous Science, have fun and build unity, knowledge and recognition with other tribal nations. Interwoven fabric of FUN knowledge that includes: environmental sustainability, biological and earth sciences, oral history, health, botanical healing, lifestyle, global climate change, and the management of natural resources.
Nahko and the "Medicine Tribe" Scholarship Campaign Launch: a heightened spirit of giving and a collective affirmation acknowleging #ItTakesaTribe to Educate a Youth! May 12th we launched our 2018 Fundraising Campaign, set out to raise scholarships for InterTribal Youth (ages 12-18) Residential Programs. Last year, the giving carried us past the original goal. For 2018, we have a collective intention to do even better. This opportunity of giving provides life changing educational experiences. Nahko and the fan base of the "Medicine Tribe" inspire us all by coming strong with the love. Join us and please Donate today. For more info or to Donate Click Here
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane's "Ilimanator Scholarship"! An InterTribal Youth Mentor and Bellator MMA World Flyweight Champion Fighter, Ilima is leading a philanthropic campaign to provide "Ilimanator Scholarships" to young females who deserve a fighting chance. Ilima uses her platform to bring awareness to indigenous issues and provide holistic education and travel opportunities to young females. Apply, Donate or find out more . . .
InterTribal Youth Big Island Hawaií June 2019 (rescheduling TBA) For Youth (12-18) and Adult Youth Teachers/Mentors A holistic approach to education is an aim to "Indigenize Education" and must includes cultural identity. Hawaiian programs are leading the way in cultural-based curriculum and is proving very helpful in western academic success. Recent studies show students exceling in tests (government school test) in the upper grade levels when Teachers "teach to the spirit, ancient knowledge, and not teach simply to the test." Join us on this beautiful island as we are hands-on, in-tune and with the kingdom of paradise. Traditional relation of Land, Ocean, and sky environments to be seen and felt.
Nor Cal InterTribal Youth Educational Tour from UC Berkeley, to Humboldt State, Ohlone, Alcatraz, Wiyot, Yurok, and Hoopa August (TBA) 2018 An educational gathering amongst the giants, river and ocean coasts of the real Nor Cal. From the bay and beyond. California with all its diversity, is cradled by the trees and stories of our past, present and future. TBA for 2019
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National U.N.I.T.Y. Conference July 5-9, 2018 InterTribal Youth and Native Like Water join with workshop presentation at the greatest national youth conference in the Americas / Turtle Island. The UNITY Fire is an eternal flame within. This summer conference and fire is hosted in OUR own hometown - San Diego - Kumeyaay Territory !!
InterTribal Youth Big Island Hawaií June 18-25, 2018 POSTPONED. For Youth (12-18) and Adult Youth Teachers/Mentors Hawaiian programs are leading the way in cultural-based curriculum and proving very helpful in western academic success. Our program to the Big Island was postponed due to the concerns and overactivity of Kilauea Volcano. There is a great cultural and educational significance to this natural occurrence. Learn more here . . .
InterTribal Youth Joins Hokulea World-Wide Voyage Homecoming and Presents at World Youth Congress, Oahu June 16-22. 2017, Youth from Agua Caliente Cahuilla, various Bands of the Kumeyaay Nation, Alaska, and Belize joined by Tribal Elder and Leaders present at world gathering in celebration of the greatest example of indigenous education and global unification, caring for Mother Earth - "Malama Honua".
ITY Director Featured in Olukai's Cliff Notes: Founder of InterTribal Youth, Marc Chavez interview and photo essay by Cliff Kapono, Olukai Ambassador, Scientist, Artist, and Waterman. Between the native food, culture and surf, Cliff and co. were able to catch up about what brought this once “lost” LA boy south of the border. It was only then did Cliff realize just how volatile things were in the region. Read more. .
InterTribal Youth chosen by Haro BMX Bikes, Paul Cannon and Nahko Bear as recipient to a special Haro Bike Honoring Give-away. Honored youth awarded by Joe Haro, Nahko Bear and Paul Cannon on Dec. 7th at the Pala Skate Park. A special concert featuring Paul Cannon and Nahko Bear followed, the next day. Learn more . .
InterTribal Youth Leaders in Culture, Science and Health Spring, Summer 2017: Indigenous Coastal Culture, Science, Surf and Paddle 2017. Years ago, many Indigenous people were removed from their coastal homes and way of life. Loss of habitat, for any species, is the largest cause for extinction. NLW strongly believes a re-introduction to ocean recreation, earth sciences, biology, and cultural research can benefit the youth and contribute, intellectually and physically to our roll as original stewards of the land. July 16-26, 2017 we launch our summer youth program in cooperation of UC San Diego and So. Cal Community. Learn More . .
National UNITY San Diego 2018 and memories of UNITY Washington D.C.
We look forward to UNITY2018 in San Diego and we look back at ITY's 2015 exciting summer participation in Washington D.C. Youth meetings with First Lady Michelle Obama, Young National Leaders, and an invitation by Minister Louis Farrakhan to unify the African American, Latino and Native American community for justice. Read More . .
Hawaiian Kingdom Youth Maritime and Music Exchange 2015 Report
Youth Enrichment Programs, Collaborations, Community Clinics, Leadership Programs. Kick off of "Native Like Water" Programming and Leadership. Read More . .