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Volume 2  March, 2011

Mentoring program coming to Kodiak
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Alaska: Big Brothers Big Sisters is making its way to Kodiak, Alaska. The mentoring program is part of a tribal initiative for children at risk. The Sun’aq Tribe made the 2-year grant possible.

Flossie Spencer is an Alaska Native/Native American mentoring director for BBBS of Alaska.

“This is the first time we’ve been in Kodiak,” she said. “Kodiak’s been asking us for several years to come here, and we had an opportunity. We needed a letter of support from a tribe, and Sun’aq trusted us and we were able to get the grant.”

Spencer is already searching for partners to help keep the program open when the grant expires. “We don’t want it to end. We’re working really hard to making it last,” she said.

The free mentoring program is for every child -- called a "little" -- who wants or needs a mentor. Their mentors are called "bigs." 

Children ages 6 - 18 are allowed in the program. Those in 9th grade and older can become mentors themselves. 

Mentors would spend an hour a week or 2-4 hours per month mentoring a child. 

“It could be reading a book, spending time with them, going to the movie … doing activities and just being themselves,” Spencer said.

Sun'aq Boys by Frank Peterson, Jr

Spencer is elated to have Big Brothers Big Sisters in Kodiak. BBBSA programs are very successful.  “We have studies that show and prove that our mentoring works,” she said.

The only difficulty so far is a common one.

“The hard part is recruiting male bigs. That’s always difficult, especially the Native boys,” Spencer said. “Native boys wait 9 months to 1 1/2 year  for a Native big if they specifically ask for one.”

The program kicks off on March 4 at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. It's also the start date for recruiting littles and bigs and making matches.

“The program is pretty open and unlimited,” Spencer said. “We’re hoping for a really good number (of participants).”


 Volume 1
On Day Dedicated to Native Americans, A Move to Honor Hopi Tribe's Code Talkers
New Office to Serve as Advocates for Tribal Veterans 
Metis Livid About Proposed Status System
Saying NO to $1 Billion Dollars
New Images of Remote Brazil Tribe
Amazonian Indians More Advanced Than We Knew
Australia's Aborigines to Launch Political Party
Irish Travellers to Shed Light on Indigenous Research

Volume 2
Berenstain Bears to Speak Lakota
Students Tell Saanich Myths Through Computer Animation  
Children's Book Exhibit Depicts Native Path to Diabetes Prevention
Mentoring Program Coming to Kodiak
100% Knights to Create Career Pathways for Aboriginal Students
Arizona Culinary School Recruits American Indians, Now Available for Federal Financial Aid
Book Lets Great Lakes American Indians Tell Their Own Story
Volume 3
UN Declares 2011 the "International Year of Forests"
Think the Super Bowl Battle was Big? Fight Over Conservation Funding Looms Larger
Limit Set for Native Polar Bear Hunters Under International Treaty
White House: Tribes Fare Well in 2012 Budget
Ziebach County South Dakota: America's Poorest County
Top 5 Obama Regulations that American Businesses Hate Most
The Top 11 Corporate Cash Hoarders
Volume 4
Donna Karan Collaborates With an Indigenous Artist as Part of "Nomad Two Worlds" Art Exhibit
Alligator Wrestling and the Men Who Do It
Custer Flag to Be Sold by DIA
Museums Work to Credit the Individuals Behind Native American Artwork
All My Relations Gallery Showcase for Native Art
Grammy Winner Helps Locals Build, Understand Flutes
German TV Crew Films Program About Nokota Horses

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