Foundation grant to help NACA connect Native youth with elders in community

| October 2, 2015

By Katherine Locke – Navajo-Hopi ObserverArizona Education News Service

A new $10,000 grant will help Native Americans for Community Action (NACA) fund a project that aims to help Native American youth interact with community elders. The grant, awarded by the Running Strong for American Indian Youth Foundation, will fund the Circles of Care project, WISE (Working in Support of Elders). Running Strong is a non-profit organization. Billy Mills, a Native American Olympian, is the spokesperson for the Running Strong Foundation. Marian Bitsui, public education coordinator at NACA, said to receive the grant from an organization that Mills is involved with was huge.

“The fact that he read our application and he liked our application,” she said. “To know that we have his seal of approval is huge. I think that’s amazing. I think it speaks volumes about their organization but also, I think, it says good things to me about what our community has to say and what our vision of wellness is.”

She said that most of the ideas for the grant came from the community through surveys that asked the community what things were important to them…

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