Service and Sustainability;
17 Years Giving our Best.
Young Native Scholars, InterTribal Youth . . .
Let it Flow . . . Native Like Water !
Our Aim/Mission: Native Like Water prepares Indigenous youth and adult volunteers in science, outdoor education, conservation, wellness, and cultural self-exploration.
Our Story: Beginning in 2000, Young Native Scholars (YNS) developed and implemented academic, wellness, and cultural programs for Native American, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians. In 2005, YNS evolved into InterTribal Youth (ITY) which brings youth from various nations together during residential academic enrichment programs. Traditional Ecological Knowledge, sciences, health, culture in a university-community setting.
In 2015, InterTribal Youth (ITY) launched "Native Like Water" to focus on our sacred relationship to water. Native Like Water Programs work towards solutions and sustainability of our life force. The nature of the organization is grassroots and continues to develop organically. Native Like Water attracts participation and support from like-minded individuals and various educational partners who stand committed to enriching the lives of youth. Over the years, InterTribal Youth has been recognized throughout California and became a highly acclaimed program nationally and internationally.
With our headquarters in Imperial Beach, California, InterTribal Youth's sustainability has been due to a colorful mosaic of supporters and a collaborative service model.
InterTribal Youth's model has been developed to understand the community-university-school relationship within an inspiring environment. Youth address identity and future as leaders of the Human Family. With the help of the nation's best mentors, instructors and universities, InterTribal Youth has quadrupaled the number of programs since 2000.
Youth are provided the opportunity to think, perform and interact on local, national, and international grounds. Over the past years, 3 distinct generations and hundreds of Intertribal Youth have answered the challenge, accepting the discipline, and joining together to "indigenize education." Families and youth across nations and borders have experienced positive life-changing benefits. Many youth now occupy leadership positions, contributing positively to the human family.
Our flagship ITY Summer Program can be the most important experience in a young persons life. This statement is based on a wide sample of alumni from the past 16 years. Below, see what "28 days with InterTribalYouth.org" looks like. This is the "you" in youth.
Below "Old School" LOL. Historic flashback, San Diego morning news program review of our Young Native Scholars, InterTribal Youth program in 2005. Gives a good idea of our long standing commitment to wellness and culture. It was 6 am, so the youth have a little morning grump.