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K.O.L.A. Native Youth Afterschool Pilot Project

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205 N 24th St

205 North 24th Street

Bismarck, ND 58501

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K.O.L.A. means "friend" in the lakota language. K.O.L.A. stands for kinship, optimism, listen and ambition. This is a suicide prevention pilot project for Native American youth ages 12-17 who reside within the Bismarck-Mandan area. The K.O.L.A. afterschool pilot project will be held to measure the level of interest of Native youth in our community. The first and second sessions will be held on October 30th, Monday, and November 6th, Monday, at the Native American Development Center 205 N. 24th St. Bismarck, ND 58501, beginning... at 4:30pm and will conclude at 6:30pm. Transportation will be provided to Native youth by picking them up at the Bismarck and Mandan middle schools between the hours of 3:30pm-4:00pm in the Native American Development Center's van. A supper will be provided for Native youth participants. This pilot project will utilize the sources of strength curriculum. The Native American Development Center (NADC) completed the sources of strength training this past summer and will utilize its curriculum as a means to engage Native American youth in the surrounding area. With permission, NADC is able to use a culturally relevant program title and incorporate some culture into the activities.

Our trained facilitator is Snowy Pretends Eagle, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and a descendent of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe. Snowy is 19 years old and a recent high school graduate of Bismarck High School. Snowy has lived in the Bismarck-Mandan area all of her life and has sustained her Dakota/Lakota cultural traditions through dancing at pow-wows. Snowy is a jingle-dress dancer who is well-known throughout Indian Country. She brings a perspective about the importance of Native American's cultural identity as means to combat social challenges in a society that doesn't recognize or understand how critical the preservation of our Native American heritage is to our existence.

If you are interested and have further inquiries or if parents would like to volunteer time by providing a potluck dish, please send an email to: lorrainedvs@ndnativecenter.org Pidamiya ye!

Lorraine Davis | Native American Development Center | 205 N. 24th St. Bismarck ND 58501 | www.ndnativecenter.org

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