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First Nations Receives $150,000 Grant from RISE for Boys and Men of Color

LONGMONT, Colorado (May 30, 2018) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has received a $150,000 grant from RISE for Boys and Men of Color that aims to significantly increase available knowledge about entities that serve Native American boys and young men and, further, how systems, policies and practices might be changed to be more supportive of their efforts to improve the lives of those constituents.

Titled “Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys & Young Men: A Scan of Organizations, Services & Needs,” the project will conduct a national survey to reveal the overall landscape of organizations and entities serving Native American boys and men; convene a representative subset of at least 10 selected groups that serve Native boys and men to discover best practices, challenges, barriers to success, and systemic and policy issues affecting their efforts; and publish and widely disseminate a research report aggregating the scan and the convening discussions, as well as available resources for these entities. It will summarize recommendations on how grantmakers, policymakers, tribes, communities and other stakeholders can most effectively support the success of groups that serve Native American boys and men.

From the RISE funding, First Nations will provide the 10 selected participant groups with general support grants of $5,500 each, and will involve them in a one-day convening held in conjunction with First Nations’ L.E.A.D. Conference in September. This gathering is expected to generate ongoing peer-learning and sharing among the participants.

Through the report’s dissemination, nonprofits serving Native boys and men, tribal government leaders, educators of Native American children, federal decision makers, grantmakers, and other stakeholders of Native communities will learn about issues affecting these services and may work toward favorable systemic and policy changes. The body of knowledge about services for Native boys and men will be significantly expanded, and topics for future research or the need to develop additional programs to serve these supportive organizations will likely be identified.

First Nations has dedicated special efforts toward Native youth since it launched its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) in 2002. Through grantmaking and capacity building, the NYCF has greatly enhanced the ability of Native community-based groups to provide culture and language awareness, empowerment, and leadership skills to Native young people. This project also builds upon a previous but separate First Nations effort to promote educational and employment opportunities and health for Native boys and young men in rural communities in the South and Southwest.

 

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