Promoting Youth Leadership for Native American Students in RRPS
The purpose of the Native Youth Leadership Workshop is to use traditional stories, leadership activities, and Native American role models to guide students in discussion about how to move forward in life with resilience. Our host, Shurvina Lee, will use the metaphor of tree rings to guide activities that focus on our journey of life. During each workshop sessions, students will reflect upon their life experiences and determine the choices that they need to make to create a vibrant future. In between each session, students will participate in team building challenges that focus on overcoming obstacles and working as a community. Lastly, our keynote address will discuss how resiliency can lead to a life of achievement. Throughout our workshop, the stories told and experiences shared will enliven students’ imaginations and encourage them to face adversity with a resilient spirit.
I felt the need to create this presentation and video after recently reading news articles regarding the lack of or removal of relevant education about Native Americans in our country’s school curriculum. And since November is Native American Heritage Month, I thought it would be a great time to share this presentation with my children’s elementary school classes and beyond. Enjoy!
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) has produced a career guide for students and professionals this October 2015. It contains relevant and helpful advice for Native American youth and professionals like:
Making the most of conferences
Taking the tenure track
Creating connections that count
Skill building for students
Here are a couple links that will be helpful to access this guide, the first link is to the online digital version of the guide (which looks like a magazine in browser), for those that prefer PDFs here is a link is to the PDF version of the same guide (which is about a 6.2MB download to your favorite device).
If you are interested in some their past guides, here they are:
Environmental Engineer Rochelle Larson, from the Navajo Nation, was featured in the Albuquerque Journal on October 18, 2015.
… “Young girls, and boys, for that matter, don’t go into engineering because they don’t know any engineers, said Rochelle Larson, who grew up in a small town on the Navajo Nation and got her master’s degree in environmental engineering from UNM. She has worked for seven years at an international consulting engineering firm. Last week, she went to two schools as part of her volunteer work with the Society of Women Engineers to encourage kids to choose engineering.” …
Use the this link below to read the full article on AbqJournal.com:
This video was made from the slides and recorded audio from a career day presentation I gave to the 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade Montessori class at Sandia Vista Elementary School (SVES) in Rio Rancho, NM on 2/4/2015. Enjoy and feel free to share.