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American Indian Youth Wellness Camp

$3,840
76%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
26 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 17, at 11:59 PM MST
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A HEALTHIER FUTURE FOR AMERICAN INDIAN FAMILIES

Health Disparities

The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted American Indian health disparities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians and Alaska Natives are:


• Nearly twice as likely to contract COVID-19
• Over three times as likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 infection. Moreover, persons with obesity and type 2 diabetes experienced greater risk, more severe illness and need for hospitalizations.
• Over twice as likely to die from COVID-19 infection


Furthermore, 1 of every 168 American Indian and Alaska Native children experienced orphanhood or death of caregivers. Compared to White children, American Indian and Alaska Native children were 4.5 times more likely to lose a parent or grandparent caregiver.

These data underscore the urgent need for primary prevention and support of American Indian youth!

The goal of our program is to promote healthy lifestyle among Arizona's American Indian youth and their families

THE AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH WELLNESS CAMP

Our program is a Tribal/Urban Indian community-based, family-focused intervention.

The program is 6 months long and focuses on nutrition education, exercise and fitness training, cultural activities and games, and mind-body skills building. 

We introduce ways to make exercise fun, consistent and habitual, and foster self-efficacy and resiliency. 

Our program emphasizes American Indian values, beliefs and traditions.

Our program also focuses on parents and the entire family to help youth sustain gains and to maintain healthy behaviors at home.

Community Engagement and Training

The Camp Team includes Tribal partners and students. Your support helps to sustain these important collaborations and training opportunities.

 


YOUR SUPPORT CREATES OPPORTUNITIES

Our Camp program does not generate revenue from participants. We depend on generous individuals, like you, to help American Indian youth attend our program and to engage their families. 


Every contribution is appreciated!

 


SPREAD THE WORD!

Share your support for our camp on social media or by emailing our links to your friends and families.

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/AIWellness/

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/AIWellnessCamp

 

LEARN MORE

Learn more about our curriculum and activities:

https://www.fcm.arizona.edu/outreach/american-indian-youth-wellness-initiative

YOU CAN ALSO DONATE BY SENDING A CHECK

Make your check or money order payable to: 

University of Arizona Foundation, FCM: Youth Wellness Initiative.

 

Mail to

The University of Arizona Foundation            

For the benefit of the AI Wellness Camp (Gachupin)

PO Box 210109          

Tucson, AZ  85721 - 0109

 

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$20

Support Self-Care!

Provides hygiene items (shampoo & conditioner, soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and sunscreen) for each camper.

$35

Culture Builds Resilience

Provides arts & crafts materials (paints, paint brushes, canvases, clay), gardening supplies (seeds, soil, pots and stakes) and more!

$50

Incentives for Change!

Each camper receives a jump rope, Frisbee, a choice of basketball, dodgeball or football, a Camp t-shirt, and a water bottle.

$75

Eating Healthy Everyday

Covers lunch and healthy snacks for one camper for 5 days.

$100

Family Food Boxes

Provides staples (beans, rice, pasta, sauces, nut butter) to prevent hunger for participating families (4 - 6 persons per household) experiencing food shortfalls.

$350

Sponsor a Kid for Camp!

Covers all costs for one youth to participate in our camp program.

$700

Looking Ahead

Your contribution helps with sustaining engagement with families to provide health education and outreach.

$1,500

Fund Their Future!

Provide financial support for a Native student to learn about research methods, tribal community networking, youth mentoring, and results dissemination in a culturally respectful manner.

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