This year at the NB3 Foundation we focused on rebuilding in-person programs and strengthening our relationships with Native youth and communities who were affected by the global pandemic and shutdowns. Due to the continued tribal precautions, our NB3FIT team had to create new ways to stay connected while still delivering quality programming to Native youth. The year started with virtual programming and slowly transitioned to a hybrid format until we were finally back in-person this past summer. Our youth and families were ecstatic to see each other and get back together as a community.
We also doubled down on our support of tribal communities by providing funding through our Community Empowerment grants and supportive tools like the ‘Keeping Track: Toolkit for Indigenous Youth Program Evaluation’ both aimed at empowering communities to make sustainable changes that benefit their children’s health.
In order to keep the momentum going, we need your help. What we have seen over the past year is that families have been impacted financially by the global pandemic and many are not always able to pay for youth program fees. We provided full scholarships to 86 percent of participants in our recent cross-country season to cover the cost of coaches, uniforms and materials needed for Native youth to fully participate without the worry of not having adequate supplies.
COO, Acting President and CEO