Canku Ota
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
Issues - Advocates/Activists
Issues - Health
Issues - Environment
Issues - Youth
Youth Issues:
AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps engages more than 40,000 Americans in intensive, results-driven service each year. We're teaching children to read, making neighborhoods safer, building affordable homes, and responding to natural disasters through more than 1000 projects.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Resource Guide
Making a difference, one child at a time.
Billy Mills - Olympic Legend Video & Audio
Because of the historic nature of this event, every attempt has been made to preserve the last lap in what will always be considered one of the most exciting upsets in Olympic history.
Boys and Girls Club of America
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Building Blocks for Youth
Building Blocks for Youth is an alliance of children's advocates, researchers, law enforcement professionals and community organizers that seeks to protect minority youth in the justice system and promote rational and effective justice policies.
The Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc.
C.A.S.E. was created in May 1998 to provide post-adoption counseling and educational services to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. In addition, C.A.S.E. is a national resource for families and professionals through its training, publications, and consultations.
Coping with America's Tragedy-Time for Kids
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Dealing with Disaster
In response to the shocking terrorist attacks on sites in the United States on September 11, the National Association of School Psychologists has placed information that can help all adults who love and care about children on their website. This information provides ways to help children begin the healing process resulting from this senseless act of violence.
Fair Families Adopting in Response
FAIR exists for adoptive families. Through its all-volunteer organization FAIR offers information, education, support and fellowship to adoptive and preadoptive families. Our membership includes families who have adopted children through public and private agencies, from the US as well as from many other countries. FAIR focuses on the children who need a permanent, loving family and the parents who have opened their hearts and homes to those children, infants through teens.
For All Kids Foundation
Rosie's For All Kids Foundation is just that - for all kids, because every child deserves to feel loved, to be safe, to have opportunities for a better future, to know that there will always be someone to care for them, no matter what. Every child deserves a bright beginning and a chance to make his or her own dreams come true.
Helping Children Cope
In the aftermath of the tragic events that unfolded in our nation September 11, parents are striving to express a range of emotions, including loss, grief, disbelief, horror, and fear. At the same time, they must help their children understand the day's events and cope with their feelings. National PTA offers parents the following tips:
Institute For Adoption Information
The Institute for Adoption Information, Inc., is a nonprofit organization of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, adoption professionals and others who have united to enhance the understanding of adoption and to advocate for balanced, accurate coverage of adoption in news and entertainment media.
International Circle of Children Conference
The purpose of this Conference is to honour, acknowledge, empower, and respect Residential School Survivors and the Children of Survivors.
The Kids Aids Site
Your click, together with others today, will fund 7 hours of care and counseling to reduce the transmission of HIV from mother to child. We hope to provide 200 hours of nursing this month.
Rainforest Action Network works to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.
Meadowlark Lemon Foundation
The name is unforgettable. The face is instantly recognizable. He has been the creative force and focal point of international comedic basketball since he began his career with the Harlem Globetrotters more than four decades ago. From the inner-city playgrounds where youngsters try to duplicate his basketball artistry to the luxurious cities of the world, Meadowlark Lemon is a household name.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Helping Children Deal With Scary News -- Thoughts from Fred Rogers
National Indian Youth Leadership Project
Mac Hall, our founder and Executive Director, was honored with National Public Radio’s “E-Town Award” for his outstanding work with youth. NIYLP was also highlighted for its work with Native youth over a 25-year period.
National Juvenile Court Data Archive
The National Juvenile Court Data Archive (Archive) houses the automated records of cases handled by courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The Archive was established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, within the US Department of Justice, to promote access to automated juvenile court data sets for juvenile justice research and policymaking efforts. This web site was developed to inform researchers about the available data sets and the procedures for use and access.
Native Reign
A Northern Cheyenne performing group that combines traditional Native American dances, skits, with contemporary music to celebrate the history and traditions of the tribe.
Native Voices Foundation
Founded in 1996 by Olympic Skier Suzy Chaffee and Colorado Ute Unity Leader, Alden Naranjo, NVF is a partnership between American Indian Nations, U.S. ski towns and athletes.
NCADD Prevention & Treatment Programs - Youth
"Cultural Enhancement Through Storytelling," 1997 winner of NCADD's Prevention and Education Meritorious Award, is a primary prevention program of NCADD's Tucson Affiliate. A community-based project located in Sells, AZ on the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation, it targets children ages nine to fourteen. The project builds assets in the youth by encouraging them to recognize the strengths within their culture and to develop pride in themselves and their people through an understanding of their heritage. The development of these assets can help reduce the likelihood they will use alcohol and other drugs.
Out of the Shadows
In the earliest pictures Jill Lampman has of her older daughter, Elena's hair is short and choppy. There are dark circles under her eyes. When Elena's kindergarten teacher sent home her first assignment — to bring in a baby photo for the bulletin board — Jill knew she had to tell the teacher her child's story. Elena had spent her first three years in a Romanian orphanage. "The first pictures I have of her," Jill says, "are not something I would want to share."
PowerUP's mission - to bridge the digital divide - involves focus and commitment to meet the needs of young people in the digital age. With help from our partners - national and local, public and private - we are preparing young people for success today and well into the future.
Rez Protectors: Solving the Housing Problem
The Crow Indian Reservation in Montana, home to the team members, has a housing problem. Many of the homes on the reservation are old, difficult to heat and not energy-efficient. In some cases, 10 to 12 people are crammed into a single, two-bedroom home. Other families have no homes at all. Because it can take up to 10 years for a new home to be built, many residents are moving out of the community. Meanwhile, piles of straw left from wheat farming are left to rot.
Running Strong for American Indian Youth
Our Mission is to help American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs – food, water and shelter – while implementing and supporting programs designed to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem, particularly for tribal youth.
Salmon Corps
The Salmon Corps, an AmeriCorps program, was started in 1994 with the goal of utilizing the resources of Native American young adults in the Pacific Northwest to repair the disappearing salmon habitats of the Columbia River Basin.
South Dakota Coalition for Children
The South Dakota Coalition for Children seeks to insure that the needs of all South Dakota children are met including food, clothing, shelter, nuturing, education, health care and safety within the family and community.
Starbright Foundation
The STARBRIGHT Foundation is dedicated to the development of projects that empower seriously ill children to combat the medical and emotional challenges they face on a daily basis. STARBRIGHT projects do more than educate or entertain: they address the core issues that accompany illness – the pain, fear, loneliness, and depression that can be as damaging as the sickness itself.
Statistical Briefing Book
The OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book provides basic information on juvenile crime and victimization and on youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Data in the content areas below provide timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions of policymakers, the media, and the general public.
Strategies for Parents and Teachers
During disasters, many families suffer from the onset of sudden stress. Severe stress can disrupt functioning. Overtime, relief from stress enables families to eventually reestablish equilibrium. Informed intervention can speed up this process and in many instances can prevent serious problems later.
SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club
The SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls club was the first charter member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to be established on an Indian reservation and has paved the way for almost 80 clubs that have opened since.
Talking With Kids About Tough Issues
The recent terrorist violence against the World Trade Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. is frightening and overwhelming for all Americans. These events, and the subsequent news reports can make children feel frightened, unsafe and insecure. Following are some resources to help initiate conversations with your kids:
Welcome to Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country.
There is a partnership dedicated to helping some of our nation's most at-risk children - Native American youth - grow, learn, develop, change their lives and surroundings. That partnership is between the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Native American tribes across the country.
Youth I.N.C.
Youth, I.N.C. strives to empower and enrich youth programs by creating unique fundraising and awareness opportunities, mobilizing support from all sectors and building a network of youth non-profit organizations.
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