Youth Development Programs (YDC)

A holistic after-school educational center for Little Earth students in grades K-12, the YDC offers academic tutoring, computers, music and cultural/recreational/social activities in a safe and nurturing environment.  

The YDC focuses on Five Core Programs Areas

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1. Character and Leadership Development

Cultural Activities: Little Earth Youth Development Center offers several culturally specific activities for our youth. These include regalia making, singing and drum building. Program outlines are listed below.

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DRUM BUILDING AND SONGS
  • Learn the history of the drum and its importance in Native American cultures
  • Learn traditional and contemporary songs for pow-wows and other ceremonies
  • Students will have the opportunity to make their own drum, both hand drum and big drum and form their own drum group
  • All instruction will be taught by Johnny Smith
  • Wednesdays from 6-8pm in the Youth Development Center
  • Class limit 10.
REGALIA
  • Participants will be taught the history, design and creation of dance regalia
  • All participants will be given the opportunity to make their own outfit to keep. (perfect time to get ready for next powwow season!)
  • Youth center will provide all materials and supplies, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
  • Class limit is 10.
 

2. Education and Career Development

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Mayor R.T. Ryback Visit Career Launch: These fun and exciting program prepares teens (13-18 years old) for the working world. They will embark on a journey to explore careers, make sound educational decisions and find success in the work field.   IMG_1098 (800x533) Power Hour aka Making Minutes Count: helps Club members ages 6-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners. High Yield:  activities are designed to provide youth with fun experiences that are hands-on, interactive and intentionally develops critical thinking skills. Also described as “fun with a purpose,” members gain new knowledge, skills or reinforces those skills learned in school; experience new ways to apply knowledge already gained; engage in creative expression; test their own solutions to real-world issues; and/or work in groups to achieve a goal. Activities are labeled “high yield” because they extend learning by providing opportunities to practice skills such as: communication skills (reading, writing, verbal communication); problem-solving skills (math, science, technology); healthy living skills (integrating diet and exercise into one’s life, avoidance of risky behaviors); and character and citizenship (the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, civics, volunteerism and civility). Police Academy
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3. Health and Life Skills

  On the T.R.A.I.L. to diabetes prevention: The T.R.A.I.L program provides youth with a comprehensive understanding of healthy lifestyles in order to prevent diabetes. The program is presented with four themes: About ME and My Health; Diabetes and Nutrition; Making Smart Food Choices and Sharing Knowledge with Others IMG_5325 (800x533)

4. The Arts

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Club Tech: This program combines technology and the arts through interactive tutorials; exposing members to new, creative uses for technology.

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The Little Earth Boys and Girls Club Extension offer the following programs from Club Tech: Robo Tech. Robotics may seem daunting, but the Robo Tech program, for members ages 10 to 13, is an easy and fun way to explore science, technology, engineering and math. Using Lego Mindstorms® – a self-contained kit that provides an introduction to robotics – members, working in groups, use the kits and tutorials to build and program a robot that interacts with its environment in numerous ways.

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Photo Tech: Introduces the world of digital photography and picture composition. Imaging, editing techniques, photo manipulation and special effects allow members to form digital expression.

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5. Sports and Recreation

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