Due to high demand, the NNED is pleased to offer a second round of Project Venture training through another Community of Practice (CoP) - a free professional development opportunity for NNED Members to receive training on innovative promising and evidence-based practices for diverse communities. Members of the CoP will receive training on how to begin and sustain a Project Venture program in a way that meets the unique needs of the youth in their local communities. The application process will open on January 26th and will end on February 16th. The CoP will start on March 2nd.
The NNED and the National Indian Youth Leadership Project will be hosting a webinar to educate communities about this opportunity. Project Venture is an evidence-based practice for high risk middle school and high school-aged youth. The program is an outdoors experiential positive youth development program originally developed for American Indian youth but now implemented in a range of communities and cultures.
The program was designed around traditional values which help youth develop positive self-concept, effective social skills, a community service ethic, internal locus of control, and increased decision-making and problem-solving skills. This unique program has been recognized by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices (NREPP) as the first Native American model program.