Maadaadizi Program Weekly Update

Week of December 11, 2015

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Free ACT Prep Course for Juniors

Each year the University of Minnesota hosts a FREE 10-week ACT/SAT Review for Underrepresented High School Students. The main goal of the review is to provide information and opportunities enabling students to increase their college admission test scores and college preparedness so that they will have a better chance of: 1) going to the college of their choice, 2) receiving merit scholarships to go to college, and 3) being successful once they are in college. The review consists of six facets: a) content areas of admission tests, b) test-taking skills, c) practice - students take eight (8) tests that are scored and returned with diagnostic information, d) advising, e) personal factors such as time management, test anxiety, and study skills, f) college application process and how to be a successful college student. The official informational handout is located in all junior students' Google Drive under "ACT/SAT Program Announcement".

Interested students need to pre-register by accessing this link. Additionally, student who would like transportation can contact the SPPS Indian Education Office through this form and specifically ask for bus tokens (click "Other" and write out request). Official registration into the program will be needed prior to receiving bus tokens.

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Native Youth Futures - Students Wanted!

Native Youth Futures - Financially Independent is a teen asset building project is designed to present permanent and sustainable solutions to intergenerational poverty and lack of economic opportunities. MIGIZI Communications will recruit 150 low-income American Indian youth from across the Twin Cities, ages 14-21, providing them with the asset-generating opportunities and supports needed to prepare them to become financially-independent adults. For more information, please visit this link.

Are you an American Indian high school student or graduate who wants a job, money for post-secondary education, with the added bonus of career coaching and financial skills training??? We will match your savings 4:1 !!! Every dollar you save automatically turns into 5 dollars! Call or email today for an application. 612-721-6631, x222 or

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Highland Park High Students Wanted to Design Mural

Indian Education has received permission to paint a mural inside the Indian Education office at Highland Park. Student artists are needed to help design and paint the mural. Students who have ideas or who would like to a help paint are encouraged to contact Kerrie. We will start painting towards the end of January and into March.
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Seniors - Important Information for College and Financial Aid

Seniors are reminded to try and complete their college applications prior to winter break. The University of Minnesota's deadline for all applications is on December 15th.

After winter break Kerrie will be meeting with seniors on financial aid and potential scholarship opportunities. This will include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The first time seniors can complete the FAFSA starts on January 1, 2016. Any family can access the FAFSA4caster, which will show families an estimate of how much they can expect to receive from the Federal Government.

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Kerrie's Schedule for December 14-18

  • Monday- Meetings at the Indian Education Office.
  • Tuesday- Harding High School until 3rd hour then Indian Education Office. Students can paint the office mural during this time.
  • Wednesday-Indian Education Office.
  • Thursday- Indian Education Office.
  • Friday- -Indian Education Office.

School Counselor Visits to High Schools

Kerrie will regularly be visiting Central, Como Park, Harding, Highland, and Johnson High Schools this school year. If you do not attend one of these high schools, you still can receive Indian Education counseling services. Please email Kerrie ( if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet.
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December 22, 2015 Deadline: Native Youth Futures
Are you an American Indian high school student or graduate who wants a job, money for post-secondary education, with the added bonus of career coaching and financial skills training??? We will match your savings 4:1 !!! Every dollar you save automatically turns into 5 dollars! Call or email today for an application. 612-721-6631, x222 or

February 1, 2016 Deadline: AIGC's College Horizon Program.

No Deadline: The Ninijanisag (Our Children) Program teaches youth ages 10-21 problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills in a community and cultural context. Traditional American Indian cultural activities are offered weekly and include drum and dance, sweat lodge, traditional crafts, talking circles, traditional storytelling, and intergenerational language tables. Leadership opportunities include public speaking, mentoring, and planning community cultural events. The long-term impact of Ninijanisag is to provide American Indian young people with cultural and community connections to sustain them and deter them from substance abuse, crime, violent behavior, suicide, and other destructive behaviors. Click here for more information and an application.

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Upcoming Events

  • Dakota 38 Ride has begun. Follow their progress on Facebook.
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American Indian Scholarship Updates

For a comprehensive listing of scholarships and financial aid opportunities and information for American Indian students, please click here.

Deadlines for Scholarship Opportunties:

Ongoing: Sign up for the American Indian Graduate Center's e-newsletter for updated American Indian scholarship opportunities. Click here to register for the newsletter.

January 13, 2016: The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

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Volunteering & Service Opportunities

  • The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY): The Champions for Change (CFC) program recognizes and encouragesinspirational Native American youth (ages 14 to 24) working in theirtribal or urban Indian communities to promote hope and make a positiveimpact. Champions include individuals who initiate programs, holdevents, or engage in other efforts to improve the lives of their peers, communities, and Indian Country as a whole. Champions for Change finalists are recognized by the Center for Native American Youth in the following ways:
  • Certificate of recognition and medal;
  • Travel with a chaperone to Washington, DC for a series of national celebratory recognition events;
  • Leadership development opportunities and trainings;
  • Serve a two-year term on CNAY’s Youth Advisory Board;
  • Participate in CNAY outreach trips in Indian Country and potentially host a visit from a member of CNAY’s board of advisors to their home community to share more about their leadership initiative for change.

If you would like to complete an application for this program, please use this link.

Contact Kerrie

Have questions about this newsletter? Contact me.