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Navajo Youthbuilders (NYB)

This culturally relevant project offers alternative education and learning experiences for rural at-risk students seeking a GED, while also addressing the many core cultural and economic issues facing the Northern New Mexico community. In addition to tutoring, cultural and conversational language learning, and technology training, students have the option to receive training and apprenticeship in the construction industry. Current research supports our program approach, “Native American youth who engage in cultural learning activities then gain experience in applying their creative energies. The resulting positive identity, self-esteem, and creativity then figure prominently in student academic achievement and graduation”. In keeping with current research, NYB will give these students a path towards a GED or High School Diploma while also preparing them for a job in the growing local construction industry, opportunities sorely needed in our depressed local economy.

 

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