Making A Difference
Community involvement is something that can start small and make a big impact. Check out a few stories from youth activists about how and
why they decided to make a difference. Get inspired! Indian Country, rise up!
Protecting sacred sites? Speaking up about climate change? Fighting for our rights? Making your voice heard? Tell us about it!
Have an idea? Apply for up to $475 to make a difference in your community.
Kiara Garcia (Nez Perce), age 18, is making a positive impact in Lapwai, Idaho. In April, Kiara used the community mini grant to buy feminine products
and non-perishable food items. The non-perishable fod items were two different kinds of granola bars, gum, fruit snacks, applesauce pouches, and breakfast
bars. She was able to fill 216 quart-size bags. She filled six boxes with the feminine products as well and three other boxes with toiletries. She
was able to donate the snack bags, feminine products, and toiletries to three different places; Lewiston High School, Lapwai High School, and the ROC
Rescue Mission. As a result, Students at both the high schools were able to access the pantries there and grab whatever they needed. At the ROC Rescue
Mission adults and youth could access the pantry there. This project was so rewarding and a very humbling experience as well. Kiara plans on continuing
the Pack-a-Snack project throughout her life. If you are interested in carrying out a similar project, Kiara suggests asking the pantries if they need
certain items donated and to also get more feminine hygiene products. There was a huge need for them at the pantries.
In May, Luke Harris (Cherokee), age 19, helped host a field day for about 130 Native youth at Nike World Headquarters. Renowned speaker Howard White came and gave an inspiring speech as well as Nike N7 founder Sam McCracken. The event was about inspiring Native youth from throughout Oregon and Luke was most proud of the speakers and leaders. They spent a lot of time prepping for the event and the result was a great success. Participants were able to partake in traditional games, football, soccer, stick ball and many other events...they even were able to give away college scholarships!