The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
Joaquin Gallegos wants to help his community strive for better oral health by becoming a dentist. He says, “There is the Native world, the Anglo-American world, and then the medical world—and you have to be able to understand and navigate all three if you are going to make a difference.”
Youths serve in their community to reduce the incidence of youth substance abuse and suicide by engaging youth in culturally rich, skill-building activities while promoting wellness, positive identity and healthy relationships.
Alaska Native games celebrate ancient skills necessary for hunting survival. The protective and community-nurturing effects of these skills continue today in modern, urban environments where the skills are transmitted through unique, competitive games for Alaska Native youth. YouTube video.
Alaska Native storyteller and author Ishmael Hope spoke at the 2012 Alaska Library Association conference as the featured author for Alaska Spirit of Reading, a program that promotes the joy of reading by providing youth with books and author visits.