The Oklahoma-based Citizen Potawatomi Nation has received more than $367,000 in funding to create a mentorship program using traditional culture teachings to try to combat peer pressure, bullying and other negative behaviors.
The Shawnee-based tribe announced this week that the Administration for Native Americans provided the funding for the program.
The two-year grant will go toward developing three forms of curriculum focusing on cultural mentorship, cultural activities and peer mentoring.
Tribal youth ages 12-17 will take part in the program that will be held on weekdays during the school year and summer.
Cultural Activities Coordinator Coby Lehman says the program is meant to reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency among Native American youth.
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