‘Be Strong And Educate My Children’

May 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 14-4: Cultural Resilience, Tribal College News

Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) in Winnebago, NE, recently received an $85,000 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Extension Grant to encourage positive growth and development of Winnebago tribal youth ages 10-18 through skill building and experiential opportunities. In partnership with the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, LPTC announces the “Be Strong and Educate My Children” project, which reinforces cultural values while utilizing research-based youth development curriculum. The project also strengthens the school’s role as a land grant college.

Guidance for the program comes from Tribal Extension Advisory Council (TEAC) with representation from Little Priest Tribal College, the Winnebago Tribal Council, the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, and other tribal youth programs.

The program focuses on character education to encourage trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Youth leadership training also includes personal development, career guidance, outreach and interchange, interpersonal skills, and global understanding. Program participants are introduced to lifelong learning skills, healthy lifestyles to preserve self-esteem and enhance problem solving, stress management, parent-teen communication, and exploration of science using the 4-H Wonderwise program as well as use of appropriate technology.

Programs are developed, adapted, and implemented with the help of the Tribal Extension Advisory Council to maintain cultural relevancy. Youth development programming integrates traditional Extension 4-H/Youth Development elements and traditional Tribal Youth Development. This innovative integrated approach is based on the five youth development education competency areas identified by Pittman (1991), including health and physical (body), personal and social (spiritual & cultural), cognitive and creative (mind), vocational (career and job), and citizenship (community). These competency areas are interwoven and integrated with tribal youth development curriculum and program areas.

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