NativeVision is a unique youth enrichment and empowerment initiative for American Indian children, operated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. Launched in 1996 in partnership with the NFL Players Association and The Nick Lowery Charitable Trust, more than 40,000 Native youth and tribal community members have been reached.
American Indian youth suffer the poorest health, socioeconomic and educational status of any racial or ethnic group in the country. NativeVision overcomes these issues by engaging professional and collegiate athletes as volunteer mentors to promote healthy lifestyles, fitness, and the pursuit of education through the vehicle of sports.
The guiding principle for NativeVision is to cultivate the core strengths, values and positive relationships of American Indian youth that will make them resilient and help them transition to a healthy, productive and fulfilling adulthood.
NATIVEVISION ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP
At the camp, workshops are offered for the children and local community members on positive parenting, nutrition, leadership and entrepreneurship. Tribal leaders host traditional feasts, traditional games, dance and song exhibitions. Two $5,000 college scholarships are awarded each summer through a competitive national application process.
NATIVEVISION YEAR-ROUND PROGRAM
Goals are to:
CONTACT: For more information, please contact Marlena Hammen, NativeVision Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-287-5167.
Photos on the Native Vision website courtesy of Ed Cunicelli.