THE GREATER NEED
Believe it or not, the CLOSEST 3RD WORLD AREA to the United States is your nearest NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATION. The following is reprinted from Native American Youth 101.
Historical trauma, chronically underfunded federal programs, ineffective government policies, and failure to meet trust responsibilities to tribes have all contributed to negative health, education, and economic disparities in Indian Country relative to the general population.
Regrettably there’s more…
ONLY by EMPOWERING our youth can we ensure PROSPERITY for all of our tribes!
The need for intervention at all levels is acute and painfully obvious. Native ReVision has set a goal to expose at-risk Native American and Indian Land kids to better ways of living and higher aspirations and goals than not dying of diabetes, suicide, or alcoholism.We promote a wellness program for the entire family thereby empowering the children to help guide their elders to a healthy way of living, thus honoring our traditional ways in this modern world.
Native ReVision is here to imbue our youth with the self-confidence and life skills to become effective Leaders in whatever life paths they choose. If you would like to join us in our efforts to empower Native Youth, please consider either a sponsorship or in-kind donation.
Native ReVision supports and guides at-risk Native American male students through athletic programs, annual events, and individual mentoring. We help these young men identify their unique talents and set goals to achieve their dreams. We encourage them to recognize and take advantage of life’s opportunities to overcome the odds and make a successful transition into an accomplished adulthood.
Athleticism and physical fitness have traditionally been an integral part of American Indian culture. Almost every report of a “first encounter” with the Native population by Europeans includes a description of the physical fitness and beauty of the people. Developing and maintaining excellent physical health and fitness was a time-honored core value among our people for thousands of years. We need to get back to that basic conviction in order to preserve our culture in the face of the massive onslaught of negative influences directed toward our children through mass media.
Both Teams 700×72 Native Americans face an uphill battle in the organized sports arena. Compared with other ethnicities, they are under-represented in high school, the NCAA and on professional sports teams in this country. Gifted Native American athletes must work extra hard to get noticed. The concept of standing out is at odds with their cultural principle of learning to function as a group. To succeed, these student athletes must be supported and encouraged to achieve as individuals while maintaining their commitment to their communities and teams. This commitment and achievement apply to academics as well – an area where many Native American students fall behind. Both the sports they love and the academic arena require practice, training, and study for these students to improve performance and perfect skills. Native ReVision recognizes this and is committed to providing support, encouragement, mentoring and focus to these students.