Into The Mountains

 Youth from the Lummi Nation hike with their mentors at Mt. Rainier.

Youth from the Lummi Nation hike with their mentors at Mt. Rainier.

One Year Mentoring Program for Native Youth

Into The Mountains (ITM) was developed with our project director, Malissa Waterford, and a student team from the Department of Public Health at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. This program connects native youth ages 13-18 with local mentors. They begin their journey together with a 3-day retreat in the mountains where they get connected with their mentor and begin developing a working relationship. The mentors then meet with their mentee every month for a year as they walk through our monthly modules that focus on different aspects of healthy living, goal setting, and personal development. The hope of the program is to bridge gaps between native tribes and surrounding communities while giving opportunities to the native youth to explore and grow.