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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $508,245)

The Bay Mills Indian Community will expand and enhance programs developed and implemented through the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills for youth ages 13-17.  These programs were built to help instill the seven grandfather teachings in their youth-life lessons that contribute to mno bimaadiziwin, a good life.  To do this, three themes were utilized:  consistent exposure to adult role models, coordinated substance use/abuse prevention education programs, developing a strong sense of self, teaching anger management and conflict resolution skills. The program includes cultural activities and a leadership program, allowing youth to explore their heritage and form their cultural identity.  Through assessments completed with youth, it was discovered that so many Aanishnaabe youths feel lost and do not know where to go to learn about their heritage and teachings.  Leadership programs help them build skills such as speaking out, critical thinking, decision-making and working well with others.  The opportunity that is being applied for would allow for further expansion and enhancement of the Aandaajimo program. This project will enhance cultural and leadership learning opportunities and the development of a Youth Council. Historical and generational trauma will be combated by youth discovering their Native identity.  With the formation of a Youth Council, youth will have a voice and be able to advocate for themselves.  The purpose of expanding and enhancing this program is to provide an experience where youth will increase pro-social behavior, develop their leadership skills, increase knowledge of historical and generational trauma, and form a strong cultural identity.  The hope is this will continue to reiterate the 7 Grandfather Teachings:  NIBWAAKAAWIN (wisdom), MINAADENDAMOWIN (respect), AAKODE’EWIN (bravery), GWAYAKWAADIZIWIN (honesty), ZAAGI’DIWIN (love), DABAADENDIZIWIN (humility), and DEBWEWIN (truth).

Date Created: November 15, 2021