Program: Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys and Young Men

Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys and Young Men

First Nations established the “Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys and Young Men” program to support efforts taking place in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas aimed at improving education and employment outcomes for middle school and high school Native boys and young men.  The program uses strategies including early intervention to increase both middle school and high school retention rates and high school graduation rates, as well as elevating the importance of caring adults to re-engage youth who may be disconnected from work, school or their communities.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in partnership with NEO Philanthropy, supports First Nations and this project to promote opportunity and health for young men of color in rural communities in the South and Southwest. Matching grant support from the Kalliopeia Foundation was also used to support this program. 

In 2014, First Nations awarded a total of $300,000 along with technical assistance and training support to three Native-controlled organizations and two tribes.