Project VentureA project of:National Indian Youth Leadership ProjectMcClellan Hall, Founder & Executive Director
NIYLP• National Indian Youth Leadership Projectis a New Mexico–based nonprofit with a25 + year history.• NIYLP developed Project Venture, whichis the first Native American program toreach “Evidence-Based program” statuswith CSAP/NREPP.• Developer of TANAY
Project VentureA Positive Youth DevelopmentApproach to PreventionEvaluation Outcomes in:• Substance Abuse• Suicide• Teen Pregnancy
Project Venture• Youth and staff build positive behaviorin a proactive way• Increase level of social integration• Develop coping mechanisms• Create connections• Build a more positivecommunity
Project Venture integrates culture:• Connection to the natural world• Connection to the spirit world• Outdoor, adventure activities• Explores what a vibrant culture looks, sounds andfeels like• Indigenous ways of life, of being with each other,based on local culture• Mediated learning experiences• Service LearningIn a research-supported, year-long, sequential groupdevelopment program.
Project Venture• Population– Middle school-aged Native youth (grades5-8)– High school-aged service staff– Mixed risk levels• Program Components– Experiential group development– Connecting to the natural world– Physical and emotional challenge– Connecting to the community, culture andlanguage
Program Delivery• Approximately 150 hoursannually (minimum)• Four components ofprogramming1. In school2. After school3. Weekends4. Summer
Full Value CommitmentGuidelines for how we interactBe hereBe safeSpeak your truthSet goalsLet go and move on
Native Cultural Values• Activities tied to localcultural and spiritualtraditions• Intergenerationalservice projects• Family activities,potlucks, dinners, etc.• Elders as advisors,mentors
• Youth-led• Meaningful• “Service Leadership”ethic• Projects begin withsimple, move tocomplex• Relationshipsemphasized• Culturally relevant• Skill building• Reflection and dialogueService Learning
Evaluation Design:Pre/Post with Comparison GroupINSTRUMENTS• American Drug & AlcoholSurvey• National Youth Survey• Resilience Scale (CHKS &IPFI)• Locus of Control Survey• Strategies for Success Survey(based on CSAP NOMS)FINDINGS• Reduced:AlcoholMarijuanaCigarettesInhalantsIllicit drugs• Increased ProtectiveFactors:Locus of ControlResilience Factors
High-Risk Youth StudyThe National High-Risk Youth Cross-Site Study(HRY) identified eight components that the mosteffective prevention programs for youth share.According to Dr. Fred Springer, Director of theNational High Risk Youth Cross Site Study,Project Venture is one of a few programs thatincludes components and practices for all eightfactors.
Characteristics of the most successful programs(National Cross-Site Study of High Risk Youth Demonstration Programs, SAMHSA)Most Successful HRY Project Venture ProgramPrograms Common Components /PracticesFactorsEngagementIntensityReflectiveOrientationConnectednessBuildingLife-skills FocusedPositive EnvironmentCultural content, leadership, values / experiential learning / connecting to thenatural world / physical and emotional challenge150 + hours year (3 + hours per week)68 sessions / In & after school, weekends, summerOutdoor adventure: problem solving; Service learning: student led, problem solving;Camp, treks: journaling, values, norms, natural world, spiritual awareness; Nativecultural values: spiritual traditions; In school: Problem solving, skill building,socializationOutdoor adventure: team building, trust building; Service learning: youth led,meaningful, relationship emphasis; service ethic; Camp, treks: build caring,cooperative community; Native cultural values; family events, cultural traditionsOutdoor adventure: cooperation, leadership, efficacy ; Service learning: problemsolving, leadership, cooperation; Camp, treks: leadership, efficacy; In school:problem solving, skill buildingCultural content; adult participation, interaction, trust, support;CoherenceCommunity SupportClear purpose and process; training; collaboration; implementation projectGuided by Native Elders; Native cultural values; positive youth developmentapproach; collaboration.
Project Venture in yourcommunity• Readiness for PV approach• Work with communities• Identify assets and resources• Group development strategies• New orientation for adults who work withyouth• Creates a safe environment for change
Contact NIYLP• WWW.NIYLP.org• Phone: 505-722-9176 (Gallup)• 505-554-2289 (Albuquerque)