This program provides awards to tribal colleges and universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, research, and outreach.
The “I Strengthen My Nation” media campaign (featuring actor Chaske Spencer who plays Sam Uley in The Twilight Saga) encourages Native communities to address substance abuse by teens and young adults. The “I Strengthen My Nation” campaign empowers Native youth to resist drugs and alcohol and encourages parents to talk to their children openly about drug and alcohol use.
Among homeless youth in Minnesota, Native Americans are one of three high risk populations (the others being African Americans and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Questioning youth). Native American youth make up 1% of the state’s youth population but constitute 20% of the state's homeless youth.1 Despite this disparity, there are few programs that are culturally specific to Native youth and even fewer located on any of the state's eleven Reservations.
Community involvement is something that can start small and make a big impact. American Indian and Alaska Native youth 13-21 years old are encouraged to share what makes you HIV aware and how you protect yourself and others. By sharing with one another, we can teach each other lessons about self-confidence, self-respect, pride, courage, and spirituality.