Montana Native American Girl Empowerment Project

Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $15,000

The Little Shell Tribe assisted tribes and urban Indian health centers across the state to plan and implement girl-centered, protective asset programs, and to train mentors in each tribal community in Montana. The project focused on building ‘protective assets’ which are strengths and skills that can help young women stay safer, conquer crisis, and better plan for the future. The project hosted two well attended camps and several workshops and held group calls with representation from each tribe and urban Indian health center and trained mentors. The mentors will continue to work across the state through the Tribal Tobacco Prevention Program. The protective asset program expects to improve the self-confidence of Native American girls and provide skill building training that could lower the chances of experiencing adverse childhood experiences and improve school performance.

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