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OUR COMMUNITY SERVICES

Meskwaki Youth Services Program (MYP)

“Today’s tribal leaders were once the children of the community and will be its elders tomorrow. Native youth provide a special perspective on the world, and have an unique power and motivation to make a difference…”

–National Congress of American Indians

Mission Statement:

The Meskwaki Youth Development Program is committed to improving the quality of life for tribal youth who are residing on the Settlement and in surrounding communities by providing programs and activities that support our culture. By investing in youth and giving them a sense of place and tradition in the community, the department seeks to empower them to become bright and capable futuremeskwaki nation youth services leaders.

We are dedicated to providing tribal youth with opportunities and resources that help them realize and strengthen the skills they possess and develop new ones from which they can draw upon to make positive life choices as they grow. Our goal is to promote the overall well-being of our tribal youth and enhance their current standing among the tribe as valuable assets. We believe this program is vital to the tribe’s efforts to become the Meskwaki Settlement our ancestors envisioned for us.

Scholarships:

Scholarship Opportunities Page – CLICK HERE

Event Calendar:

Weekly events, special outings and more.  Check out the Youth Event Calendar HERE!


Summer Youth Development Program:

One of MYP’s staple programs, the Summer Youth Development Program or SYEP
recruits high school/college participants to lead summer youth activities and completes special projects throughout the Meskwaki Nation.  Each summer Meskwaki youth participants act as interns
throughout Tribal Operations and/or lead activities for children,
ages six through thirteen, over an eight week period.  Inspiring and motivating,  SYEP participants gain self-awareness, confidence and leadership skills while helping to create a stronger community for themselves and others.

See more about the SYEP program here!


MYP Youth Conference:

tyree snapMYP held its first Youth Conference in 2016.  Created so Meskwaki youth could draw strength from their culture, the conference focused on resilience and featured strong Meskwaki leaders.

Kids enjoyed gigantic indoor inflatable play areas, several speakers and presentations, department booths, door prizes, food and fun.

We live streamed it!  See the event here!

Look for upcoming conferences coming soon.

See more about the MYP Youth Conference here!


MYP Community Powwow Demonstration:1

Each year MYP hosts a community powwow demonstration at the South Tama Elementary School for students and teachers.  Performing some of the Tribe’s traditional dances in front of fellow students, Meskwaki youth utilize the event to promote cultural unity and friendship.

2018 MYP Powwow Demonstration here!

2017 MYP Powwow Demonstrations here!


MYP Weekly Scheduled Meetings & Events:

During the school year, MYP hosts weekly evening and weekend events for Meskwaki youth including Middle School and High School Nights, Boy’s Council, Girl’s Circle and others.  It hosts special events on weekends, and “out of school” days too.  Check out the weekly youth calendar of events and/or Facebook for times and dates.


MYP Values:

Values are standards or principles of behavior that are important in life.  MYP is in agreement with, and has adopted as their own, the values as originally set forth by the Meskwaki Settlement School.  They establishing a consistent value set by our community and are a critical step in the process of building a quality youth development program.

Value Set

Miskawiteewenwi – Courage

We need courage to answer questions. We need courage to take our lives where our elders wish us to, to take the challenges life has in store for us and to pray – asking for guidance also takes some courage. Be courageous!

Tebanetiwiwenwi – Love

Love from the Creator will never change.  We love one another.

Akwenemetiwiwenwi – Respect

Our parents, grandparents, elders, and teachers have always taught us to love and care for everyone. We show respect by not laughing at others, by not saying anything to hurt anybody, and by helping our elders. Above all, we show respect by listening to others even though we might not agree with them.

Tebwetamowenwi – Spirituality

Each day we look to the Creator for strength and guidance.

Nebwakawenwi – Wisdom

We learn as we grow.  We learn from our successes and our failures.  We learn from our elders and our ancestors.
Philosophical Approach (Edginton, C., Kowalski, C., & Randall, S., (2005). Youth work: Emerging perspectives in youth development. (pp.87-88). Champaign, IL: Sagamore Publishing L.L.C.


MYP Mission – Find out more HERE!

 

Youth Program Staff
Program Director Tashina Azure
Youth Assistant/Culture Kay Waseskuk
Youth Assistant TBH
Summer Youth Enrichment Program Coordinator

 

Physical Address: Mailing Address: Phone: 641.484.5369
1641 305th Street
Tama, IA 52339
349 Meskwaki Road
Tama, IA 52339
Fax: 641.484.5459
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