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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.


Rainbow Park and Trails Expansion Survey:

Greetings Parents, Colleagues, & Community Members!

We are happy to announce that our program along with Executive, Health, MNR, Media, Facilities and community members S & J Buffalo, have been working on updating our community park and would love to get your feedback!  We are asking all Parents, Employees, and Jr High/High School Students in the Meskwaki Community to take a few minutes to fill out this survey.  This survey will greatly impact the current facilities that we have at Anagewa “Rainbow” park and will also help us decide our expansion efforts. A great incentive to complete the survey is your chance to win a raffle!

Here is the link to the survey: https://www.meskwakiyouth.org/parks–trails.html

Here is the QR Code to the survey:

The survey will be available until Friday October 16, 2020 4:30PM, and we will announce the winner of the raffle via FB live on Monday October 19, 2020 at 12pm-noon.

We look forward to hearing from you all soon.

Byemibaogea – Tashina Azure
Meskwaki Youth Development Director


1. Due to COVID and the safety of our Elder Veterans this year we would like to do something different but special. We are still working on all the details and will have more to come, but right now we are asking that if you know someone that is a Veteran or a Meskwaki Community Veteran please have them fill out our form so we can include them in this upcoming Veterans Day.
1. 3-6 Grade Red Earth Athletics has canceled the 2020 Basketball Program. Please be on the lookout for more information for the upcoming Track Season in the spring. Please contact Shoshonis Brown-Owner, if you would like to help volunteer for any upcoming activities.
2. STC Recreation program has canceled the 2020 basketball program. It was canceled for various reasons but the most important reason is the safety of the players and coaches.
If you would like to keep updated on their activities please follow there page: https://www.facebook.com/SouthTamaRecreation
3. YMCA youth basketball is accepting registrations. The Winter season starts January 13th for grades 3-4 and 5-6.
When we have more information from our department and our partners we will send out another update.
Byemibaogea – Tashina Azure
Meskwaki Youth Development Director



MYP is now accepting scholarship applications for FY2020!
Did you know you can use the scholarship for Sports, Music, Science, Art, Dance, and School Related extracurricular activities?
You can fill out your application in person at the Meskwaki Youth Program or online!


For New Regular Scholarship applications (Never applied before): CLICK HERE.
What you will need to complete your application:
1. Please note you will need to upload your CDIB, Meskwaki Enrollment ID, or enrollment verification document from the Meskwaki Enrollment Department.
2. *If you are requesting reimbursement for your child’s extra curriculum activity you will need a W-9, and Receipt from the program that your child participated in.

For New Needs-Based Scholarship applications (never applied before):  CLICK HERE.
What you will need to complete your application:
1. You will need to upload your CDIB, Meskwaki Enrollment ID, or enrollment verification document from the Meskwaki Enrollment Department.
2. You will also need your expenses and income information to complete this form.
3. *If you are requesting reimbursement for your child’s extra curriculum activity you will need a W-9, and Receipt from the program that your child participated in.

For Reoccurring Regular or Needs-Based Scholarships  (applied/or received scholarship in the past):  CLICK HERE.

What you will need to complete your application:
1. *If you are requesting reimbursement for your child’s extra curriculum activity you will need a W-9, and Receipt from the program that your child participated in.


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.

Meskwaki Youth Program is proud to announce our summer activities signups we have been working hard and are implementing a new curriculum this year which includes: Culture-Northern Style Breast Plates, Math/Science, Reading, Art, Basketball, Lacrosse, Seed to Spoon, Meditation, Culture-Applique and Swimming. We are asking all parents/guardians if you know that your child will not be able to participate on a particular week please do not sign them up for those scheduled events this helps us meet our safety standards and ratios. We would also like you to know if you need help filling out the online application please stop by or call us and our staff will be happy to take your application in person or over the phone (641)484-5369.  Please click on the link below to sign up! We look forward to seeing your children! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!   


If you have any questions comments or concerns please direct them at Tashina Azure.

See more about the SYEP program here!


To keep all children safe the max for all activities is 30. MYP policies is 10 to 1 adult/child ratio, so we are looking for parent/volunteers. Should we get more volunteers we can open it up for more participants and we will send out an email and update the website, at that time.

If you are interested or know someone interested in volunteering please complete the Parent Volunteer Waiver.

Parent Volunteer Waiver

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 Development Program Assistant Jennifer Wanatee
Youth Athletic Program Coordinator TBH
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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