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We Are Warriors leadership training in Rocky Boy starts today


September 4, 2019

A returned Peace Corps volunteer, Sapphire Carter, has collaborated with Stone Child College to organize a Youth Leadership Training program for youth on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation today and Thursday at Stone Child College Vo-Tech.

“I want to create change by being a positive influence and educating my peers and the children of Rocky Boy on the importance of serving one’s community,” Carter said.

Carter said that in general the vision is for a future where the youth of Rocky Boy have the skills and strengths to lead with a culturally sound mind and find creative solutions to issues impacting the community.

“We propose to implement a Native youth leadership camp and mentorship program, called We Are Warriors, to facilitate instruction in project design and management training in order to build the capacity of our youth to conduct meaningful social projects on our reservation that combat the critical issues youth are facing,” the We Are Warriors camp proposal said.

Community experts will also be speaking on critical issues affecting the youth, from suicide prevention to deathly relationships.

The Rocky Boy youth will be assigned a mentor through a list of volunteers through the training process as the youth and the mentors will come together with a projected need in conducting and leading a nine-month community project that will address a community need after the completion of the training. 

The proposal listed under outcome that the “We are Warriors training camp and mentorship program will provide positive wellness benefits for the tribe including: develop civic responsibility, support gender equality, increase cultural awareness, improve youth self-esteem and empower our youth.”

For the past month, Carter said, she raised more than $7,000 across the community of Rocky Boy to make her dream possible. She added that Stone Child College, Box Elder and Rocky Boy Public Schools have provided, not only funding, but also support and advice.

“It is awarding to have the opportunity to be able to give back to my alumnae, Rocky Boy Schools,” Carter said. 

She added that Rocky Boy and Box Elder Junior High and High School and Stone Child College selected their students this past week and that about 25 students will be participating in the training.

The camp proposal added that a community showcase and feed will be held in June 2020 to honor the youths’ progress in implementing their social projects. 


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