American Indian Youth Wellness Camp

$2,085
41%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
17 Donors
10
days left
Project ends on December 16, 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, one 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 lifestyles 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 six months long and focuses on nutrition education, exercise and fitness training, cultural activities and games, and mind-body skills building. 

"One thing that I have learned is to let my emotions out rather than keep them in. Talk with someone I trust." -Kurt, age 15

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

"I have learned that it is important to be physical every day...to keep yourself healthy." -Daniella, age 14


Our program emphasizes American Indian values, beliefs and traditions. 


"Through camp I am learning how to become healthy and I am able to spend more time with family." -Yesenia, age 12

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

 

Levels
Choose a giving level

$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 five 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.

$400

Sponsor a Camper!

Covers all costs for one youth to participate in our one week residential camp. The residential camp kicks off our six month intervention with fun activities and structured learning in the Prescott mountains.

$700

Looking Ahead

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

$1,000

The All Inclusive!

Support a camper for the entire six months by helping us with curriculum printing, materials, supplies, shipping and ongoing follow-up.

$1,500

Fund A Student's Future!

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

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