Youth Services provides a variety of unique programs to our Native American students within Akwesasne.
It is divided into four components:
- Corrective Studies offers remedial assistance in academic study.
- Education Enrichment encourages diverse interests with instrument loans, workshops, honor roll incentives, college visits and AISES.
- Physical Education teaches teamwork, sportsmanship and promotes self-confidence.
- Summer Youth Program provides educational, fun and leisure activities during July and August.
Students must be ¼ Native American, be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, be in attendance at the Salmon River or Massena Central District schools. We serve clients from Head Start through Grade 12. A copy of their school schedule is required as part of the application process.
Recruitment & Drawings
Our Education Specialists provide remedial help in areas of academic study. This aspect has proven to be pertinent to the success of our clients and is regarded as a beneficial and needed service. Our Education Specialists work with the teacher's, guidance counselors and administration of each school to ensure they are serving the students who need some extra help.
Education Specialists are available to assist Native American students in grades 6-12 at Salmon River Central School and Massena Central High School. We have one Education Specialist that serves our local elementary schools and can provide remedial assistance to students in need of help. Students are typically scheduled on a regular basis or attend during a free period for help. After School Tutoring is available from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. in the Youth Services classrooms at each school.
Career Development / College Visits
Services are organized for selected students in grades 9 - 12 who are interested in visiting a college or university or trade school. Activities are designed to inform students of career opportunities, job/life skills or higher education opportunities available.
Open to students 6-12 years of age. Our summer program is typically located at the St. Regis Mohawk School. Staff members are prepared and trained to implement fun and educational activities throughout the six-week program! These activities allow for educational, fun, physical activity and cultural aspects for the youth! Breakfast and lunch are provided on a daily basis.
Job opportunities for high school seniors who are college/trades bound and college students to become recreation workers are also welcomed for the summer program. This will provide work training and experience that will allow for the student workers to build classroom skills as well as added opportunity to mentor the youth of Akwesasne.
Allows for other educational opportunities that are not provided in a school setting. This gives an added experience towards academic success and must align with the student's Individual Success Plan (ISP).
Art, music, literature, history projects, field trips and speakers are an important part of Native American heritage. Local community resources and artisans are asked to provide enrichment activities to schools. We also strive for collaboration not only within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal organization but with area programs and organizations.
Youth Services provides admission, transportation and chaperones for field trips such as college visits, watching sporting events, enjoying a theatrical show or attending a concert. The intent is to provide experience not usually available to our students, depending on available funding.
Promotes parental involvement that enhances and supports student achievement and well-being.
Parents will be the deciding voice to shape the Youth Services programming needs through recommendations and ideas offered through the Needs Assessment Survey.
The goal of the parent committee is to build a partnership between parents and schools so we can improve student achievement, reduce absenteeism, create positive behaviors and increase confidence among our youth.