Dozens of Native American and Native Alaskan communities are going to have to relocate in the next 10 years. BRACE Institute was created to provide services to these communities. Tribal leaders have requested that BRACE Institute provide leadership training and networking opportunities for young people on whom they rely for social networking and IT support. We will sponsor 3-5 youth from each of 10 communities at a leadership conference and networking event on a university campus.
Dozens of Native Americans live on islands in coastal US and Alaska and are going to have to relocate as a community. Relocation of a whole community involves new housing, new jobs, community organization and fundraising. Many tribal leaders have full-time jobs in marine occupation such as shrimping, seal hunting or fishing. They rely heavily on young people to help with social media, computer assistance,and community mobilization. These young people do not have much opportunity to travel.
This project will train tribal youth in leadership skills and give them access to resources they can use to assist elders in community organization and mobilization. It will create a learning network of youth that will enable them to share experiences, provide assistance and encouragement, and lead to more effective management of community relocation to green communities with new job skills.
This is the first step in a long journey for the relocation of coastal communities. It is estimated that over the next 20 years, 30 million people will have to relocate due to sea-level rise. By working with the smaller communities, we will learn what methods are most effective and what jobs, housing, and community organization are needed to create sustainable new communities.