GranteesUncategorized

Active Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) Awards

Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)

For a full list of grantees for this grant category, please visit: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ana/resource/active-i-lead

Pacific Region

American Samoa

Grantee: Intersections, Inc.
Project Description: The goal of the project is to increase the number of youth leaders who will effectively communicate the benefits of avoiding risky behaviors and decrease the number of at risk youth in American Samoa. Intersections will develop and implement a youth curriculum and establish a peer support network, which will focus on establishing and utilizing youth leaders to educate and talk to other Samoan youth about avoiding risky behaviors such as pre-marital sex, unhealthy relationships, and bullying.

  • Location: Pago Pago, AS
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 – 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $351,278

Guam

Grantee: Sanctuary Incorporated of Guam
Project Description: Inafu Maulek is a summer and afterschool project to promote cultural language, history, knowledge, and experience for Chamorro youth, specifically at-risk youth who have experienced abuse, by providing intergenerational teaching and peer leadership projects through a progressive model. Curriculum will be developed along cultural themes such as Chamorro dance and language, navigation, agriculture, leadership and resiliency and taught by elders and community practitioners. Each lesson during the summer will include a field trip to a culturally significant environmental location and conclude with peer-teaching sessions using technology and social media to develop a sense of pride and identity about heritage while developing technical skills. Conditions for at-risk Chamorro youth include high suicide ideation (and rates), youth abuses, bullying, poverty, homelessness, and poor school education.

  • Location: Chalan Pago Ordot, Guam
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 – 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $220,716

Hawaii

Grantee: Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike Building Program
Project Description: Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike Building Program proposes a project to increase the self-efficacy of Native Hawaiian youth through a community based leadership project. Project activities include intergenerational learning, farming and stewardship over land and traditional crops, making traditional poi boards and pounders, leadership training, peer mentoring, and youth-led outreach.

  • Location: Hana, Hawaii
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development
  • Project Period: 09/29/17 – 09/30/20
  • FY 2018 Award: $325,176

Grantee: Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy
Project Description: Setting Course Ke Ala O Kanaloa is a three-year project to increase youth resiliency, leadership skills, and increase their readiness for college and a career in ocean-based industries. The project will include three separate cohorts of 16 youth admitted each year, who will experience 20 days of training and instruction services and complete a 10-day open ocean voyage between the major islands of Hawai’i. Youth will also prepare and execute three major project plans in the areas of cultural perpetuation, leadership projects, and college and career plans. The target population if youth ages 16-22 throughout the State of Hawaii and outreach will be conducted on all islands. At least 50% of youth selected for the project will be considered “at risk” based on family income and other extenuating circumstances deemed to be risk factors for achievement.

  • Location: Kaneohe, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 – 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $318,595

Grantee: Ka’ala Farm Inc
Project Description: Papahana Alaka’I ‘Opio malama ‘Aina (PAOMA) (Caring for the Land Youth Leadership) utilizes connecting youth back to the aina (land) as a source of empowerment to increase cultural kuleana (responsibility) among Native Hawaiian youth. Through PAOMA, Kala Farms will develop two cohorts of empowered Native Hawaiian youth leaders that are connected to the ‘aina (land), their ‘ohana (family), and community; and can confidently address local challenges through eco-critical analysis and courses of action. The project approach includes a six-week summer intensive program with cohorts of 10 Native Hawaiian youth on the Waianae coast focused on place based experimental research that is rooted in Native Hawaiian culture and traditions. Juniors and seniors from Wai’anae high schools will conduct action research in archeology, natural resource management, geology, biology, hydrology, and agriculture on the Ka’ala Farm. Project staff will continue to work with each cohort throughout the school year to support them in the development and implementation of one community-based project. In addition there will be up to four cultural events per year to engage family members in practicing traditional Native Hawaiian practices.

  • Location: Waianae, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2018 – 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $234,984