Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative

by Seeding Sovereignty
Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative
Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative
Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative
Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative
Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative
Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative
Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative
Medicine Wheels Indigenous Youth Leader Initiative

Summary

Medicine Wheels is a new Indigenous skate project that empowers youth on the reservation who face extreme social and resource isolation and high rates of substance abuse through healthy community, joyful sport. and peer-to-peer substance abuse and harm reduction counseling. We distribute skate gear to those who can't afford their own and provide healthy adrenaline, confidence building and safe community events for youth with limited positive alternatives as school is out and risk is heightened.

$30,000
total goal
$16,765
remaining
190
donors
4
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota is 3 hours from a major city and in the center of oil country with man-camps placed for industrial oil workers. The Reservation faces chronic high rates of human and drug trafficking, violence, and land decimation brought in by the oil boom, creating unsafe environments for our young people . Native youth and young LGBTQ2S2S+ people have little to no resources and safe spaces. Substance abuse, depression and alcoholism rates are critical.

Solution

Summer is when young people suffer more from extreme isolation and abuse substances to cope. It is a time when overdose, suicide, and drunk driving-related deaths increase. Medicine Wheels provides a healthy environment, peer-to-peer counseling and mental health support that are key in saving lives. It also allows LGBTQIA2S+ Native youth to feel accepted and honored for their individuality while skating and art are healthy, accessible, alternative outlets. Medicine Wheels empowers youth thrival!

Long-Term Impact

Medicine Wheels meets young people where they are and provides essential, life-saving support by investing in young people, supporting Indigenous youth leadership, and celebrating artistic abilities and full expression of LGBTQIA2S+ for acceptance and community. Indigenous youths get their own new gear to continue to roll and find joy and experience and explore healthy alternative interests. Our goal is to seed more Medicine Wheels Youth Leader Initiative communities to save more lives!

Organization Information

Seeding Sovereignty

Location: Brooklyn, NY - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @seedsovereignty
Project Leader:
Tiana DuBois
New Town, North Dakota United States
$13,235 raised of $30,000 goal
 
236 donations
$16,765 to go
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