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Strengthening Native Girls' Protection and Safety: Reclaiming Matrilineal Traditions through Girl-Centered Programming

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The Indigenous Adolescent Girls' Empowerment (IMAGEN) Network
Sep 3, 2019

The Indigenous Adolescent Girls' Empowerment Network will provide Grants and training to support capacity building for groups of local women to acquire planning skills and initiate girl-centered programming in Native communities. Grantees will establish a local safe space for girls in the community, recruit girls, and begin to meet regularly as a Girl Society before the end of the grant period.

Each local group will be trained in girl-centered program planning tools through a series of in-person and virtual workshops over a period of 6 months. Training will equip each group with skills to establish and operate a low-cost, sustainable weekly girls' talking circle within a "safe space" in their community. Safe spaces consist of existing local facilities that the community agrees to reserve, sign-post, and maintain as "A Safe Place for Girls" to use once a week for a facilitated, supportive learning session.

Facilitated sessions that awardees can consider adapting for use in their local girls program will contain topics such as:

  • Indigenous cultural values, traditional knowledge systems, and tribal history
  • Awareness of self and others
  • Stress-reduction and self care
  • Communication, relationship, and problem solving skills
  • Working together as a team
  • Goal-setting and decision making
  • Conflict resolution and de-escalation
  • Safety, well-being, and how to seek help
  • Sacredness of the body and health
  • Economic and financial literacy
  • Education planning
  • Community projects

Eligible applicants are Native-controlled organizations and/or groups of individuals with a fiscal sponsor within Native communities and urban Indian neighborhoods.

At least 5 women residing in or near the same tribal jurisdiction or urban Indian neighborhood should be involved and devote an average of 5 hours per week each to the project. Each woman will be considered an "IMAGEN Fellow" and each will have the opportunity to honor of a loved one or ancestor by naming her role in the fellowship after that person.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $40,000
Award floor: $7,000
Estimated number of awards: 4-7
Estimated total program funding: $100,000

Application process

A link to the online application is available on the program website when applications are being accepted.

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Behavioral health · Children and youth · Public health · Self-sufficiency

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