ABSTRACT


Project Venture Positive Youth Development for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Project Venture, an evidence-based intervention, combines traditional native wisdom with positive youth development, social emotional learning, outdoor adventure, and service learning to create a unique approach that has been successful for over 25 years. Beginning with a camp in Oklahoma during 1982, Project Venture has evolved into a model program recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that has been implemented in 25 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and Hungary. The National Indian Youth Leadership Project founded Project Venture and provides training, coaching, mentoring, curriculum development, and grant-writing assistance to program participants. The webinar will highlight the core elements and guiding principles of this unique native youth program.


The presenter will:

  1. Share information on Project Venture as an evidence-based intervention for a variety of programs;
  2. Explain how traditional native wisdom was combined with positive youth development, social emotional learning, outdoor adventure, and service learning to create a unique approach that has been successful for over 25 years; and
  3. Assist participants with exploring their readiness to implement this internationally recognized program.


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

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McClellan Hall, MEd


Executive Director, National Indian Youth Leadership Project


Mr. Hall is of Cherokee descent, with roots in Oklahoma. He is a former teacher and principal of tribal schools, and he founded the National Indian Youth Leadership Project over 30 years ago. He has dedicated nearly 40 years to native youth development. Mr. Hall is a graduate of the Native Teacher Education Program at the University of Washington and holds an MEd from Arizona State University.


Mr. Hall was a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Expert Panel on Prevention for 10 years and served as a member of SAMHSA’s Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention for five years. He was the co-lead of the American Indian/Alaska Native Task Force for SAMHSA’s national suicide prevention effort for five years.


Mr. Hall is the recipient of the Kurt Hahn Award, the Spirit of Crazy Horse Award, the Alice King Public Service Award for the State of New Mexico, the Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award, and the Indian Health Service Director’s Behavioral Health Achievement Award. He is the developer of Project Venture, the only Native American-developed program in the United States to attain the level of Model Program with SAMHSA and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Mr. Hall serves as a consultant on positive youth development in the US and Canada.


The National Indian Youth Leadership Project also co-developed the Therapeutic Adventure for Native American Youth (TANAY) program and the Web of Life, both adaptations of Project Venture. 

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