Penobscott Boys & Girls Club – Presque Isle/Micmac Unit, Presque, ME
The Penobscot Boys & Girls Club and its Native Units (Aroostook Band of Micmacs and Houlton Band of Maliseets) successfully implemented the YEAH! project
Participants from both communities were excited to make positive change in their own communities. Micmac and Maliseet participants and leaders used the curriculum’s community assessment and developed a comprehensive action plan to address critical issues facing the community. Their action plan objectives included:
1. Educating community members on the benefits of healthy lifestyles;
2. Increasing engagement with community; and
3. Improving quality of community environments.
Youth participants requested to be placed on their tribal council meeting agendas to present assessment findings and their action plans to their respective tribal council members. Parents, family members, elders, spiritual leaders and community members
were in attendance as participants presented their findings and action plans to the tribal council. Council members were pleased to hear their perspective, and the action plan was prioritized. Council members thanked them for their work, offered assistance with funding, and encouraged them to come back with updates on their work.
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