At Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Youth Programs, the P.L.A.C.E. (Potawatomi Learning And Cultural Exchange), we are consistently blessed to work with fantastic youth and a wonderful staff. But there are others in our midst who make an incredible impact on our kids! This year, our volunteers have imparted much wisdom and guidance to our youth, a gift that is imperative to achieving our goal of molding brilliant young minds. We have had the utmost honor of having two incredible volunteers in our program lending a hand towards this goal.
Jim Brenner and Tesia Zientek have been present to give lessons and presentations to our youth on several occasions over the past school year. Our volunteers engaged our youth by speaking about topics ranging from college readiness and time management skills to teaching both chess and ballroom dancing. Our kids loved every minute of it…even though some were a little hesitant to place their hand on a girl’s hip!
While our staff diligently works to be consistent and positive role models for youth, our efforts would be wasted if the community was not invested and interested in our youth’s future. As you well know, the old adage “It takes a village” still holds true. Not only do our volunteers offer their experience and wisdom, they offer something that we as a staff cannot give: the knowledge that support, interest, and time for youth from you the community as well. That is something that makes an impact past what we as staff and their families can give.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for our teens, please do not hesitate to contact Kyle Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information applications can be found at the reception area at our facility located at 2365 Gordon Cooper Drive. Currently, we have requests from youth for additional mentors to provide tutoring services, art instruction, professional coaching, and alternative transportation options. On Thursday, Aug. 21 a specialized training is being offered for any interested volunteers between 6-8 p.m. at the CPN Gym. Dinner will be provided and you must complete an application and background check to participate. We hope you can join us in our efforts to prepare the next generation!
This summer we also continue to strive to help youth develop a positive character by encouraging them to adopt healthy lifestyle choices, serve their community, and learn from their elders. Our youth are exposed to many tribal programs and curriculums that allow them to gain a better perspective on many aspects of their lives. Things like a strong sense of self-worth, the importance of community service, the promotion of friendship, and the acceptance of not only tribal, but other diverse cultures as well.
Our summer programs come to a close with an annual awards banquet that showcases the various activities youth engage in throughout the summer. If you would like to join us, this year’s banquet is scheduled for July 17 at 6 p.m. at the CPN Gym located at 2365 Gordon Cooper Dr. To reserve your seat and a meal, please contact our offices at 405-214-5110 by July 11.