CHICAGO, November 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month in the United States, Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced a $ 1.8 million donation to organizations supporting Indigenous communities in the United States. education programs for Native American students and workforce training for veterans.
“We are proud to continue to support and uplift Native American and Indigenous communities as we work toward a more equitable future for all,” said Marc Allen, Chief Strategy Officer of Boeing, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development and Champion of the Boeing Native Network Corporate Executive Council. “These grants will help our partners achieve their goals of expanding access to clean water, encouraging more students to pursue STEM studies, providing professional development and employment opportunities for veterans. Native Americans and much more. “
The funding program includes support for the following national organizations:
- $ 250,000: Boys and Girls Clubs of America – Funding will support more than 200 Indigenous clubs serving 120,000 Indigenous children and youth in 28 states. Programming will support the development of stronger Indigenous clubs in the system, better quality programming and concerted advocacy for the development of Indigenous youth.
- $ 100,000: First Americans Museum School Access Program – The funding will support 3,600 students in Title I schools through Oklahoma with the opportunity to visit the First Americans Museum every year for the next five years. Teachers are also provided with educational materials before and after the visit, including guidelines for integrating Indigenous perspectives into the classroom.
- $ 100,000: Oklahoma State University Foundation – The funding will support the Center for Sovereign Nations, which provides employment and academic support to Native American students attending university. The funding will also support the Native Earth-Sky Program, a partnership with NASA to develop an intermediate education program that combines scientific exploration with traditional Indigenous storytelling.
- $ 50,000: American Indian College Funds – Funding will provide sponsorship support for Native American heritage celebration activities during the 2021-2022 academic year and help Native American students work to create social and economic transformation within their communities.
- $ 50,000: Native American Society of Science and Engineering (AISES) – The funding will support the Together Towards Tomorrow (T3) fund which provides emergency resources to Indigenous students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- $ 50,000: First Nations Development Institute – The funding will support twelve Native American tribal food banks or pantries. In addition, three Indigenous-run food banks or pantries will be selected for intensive technical support, allowing them to expand services and better meet the needs of their communities.
“Research shows that culturally relevant programs and practices that honor Indigenous identity help Indigenous youth to thrive,” said Carla Knapp, National Vice President of Indigenous Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. âStrengthening club organizations is essential to ensure that all Indigenous youth have a high quality experience now and in the future. At BGCA, we believe that developing young people into leaders today begins with developing leaders in our movement. We thank Boeing for their support. of our Boys and Girls Clubs in Indian country. “
Boeing’s contribution will also fund 16 additional programs providing support in 7 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
- $ 120,000: Oklahoma State University Foundation’s DARE program – Funding will support the expansion of the DARE program, which offers paid summer internships to Native American high school students and other under-represented groups in Oklahoma State University Unmanned Systems Research Institute.
- $ 100,000: American Warrior Partnership – Funding will support increased outreach and resources to veteran households through the DinÃ© Naazbaa ‘Partnership, a community-integrated approach supporting Navajo Nation military veterans, their families and caregivers.
- $ 100,000: Dig deep – The funding will provide the Navajo Water Project with access to water, training and equipment. This indigenous-led, locally-staffed program develops wells to pump, treat, and store clean water that is trucked to off-grid domestic water supply systems.
- $ 100,000: Partnership with the Amerindians (PWNA) – The funding will support tribal self-reliance by providing training and equipment to Native American tribes that will help increase the effectiveness of preparedness and response to natural disasters.
- $ 100,000: Nature conservation – Funding will support the Colorado River Basin Tribal Water Initiative, which gives voice, choice and action to tribal nations that depend on the Colorado River.
- $ 100,000: American Indian Services – The funding will support the expansion of the AIS Prep program – a three-year summer STEM program for Native American college students in Utah State University-Blandrage. The funding will also add an aerospace engineering degree program unit to each year of the program.
- $ 100,000: Potlatch Fund – Funding will help expand programs that strengthen community, provide space for Native Americans to celebrate their heritage, and help heal Native communities through education, the arts and language.
- $ 85,000: Phoenix Indian Center – Funding will support a new health and wellness program that includes the integration of traditional Native American games and sports to complement existing education, substance abuse prevention, and college and college readiness programs. career. The funding will also support the sponsorship of the 75th anniversary of the Phoenix Indian Center.
- $ 85,000: Puget Sound Education Services District – Funding will support Project Red Road, a culture-steeped STEM program led by Native American educators that will reach 300K-12 out of four Native American students Pierce County, Washington School districts. The Puyallup and Muckleshoot Tribes also support this program.
- $ 60,000: Elements of education partners – Funding will support program expansion through a partnership with Chief Leschi Schools and the Puyallup Tribe, strengthening pathways to tribal industry careers in health, education, natural resources, hospitality, audio and visual technologies.
- $ 60,000: Mentor Washington – The funding will support a trauma-focused, STEM-focused Native American Career Connect STEAM (NACC STEAM) program designed to improve students’ academic performance and fuel their STEM education and career pursuits.
- $ 50,000: Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo (CIELO) – Funding will support cultural awareness workshops for community service organizations with the goal of increasing social awareness, service delivery and accessibility for Indigenous populations of California. The funding will also support food distribution events for food insecure indigenous families in Los Angeles.
- $ 50,000: University of Alaska Foundation – Funding will support the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Project, which aims to bring systemic change to the hiring of Alaska Natives by placing students on a career path to leadership in science and engineering. engineering.
- $ 45,000: United Indians of all tribes – Funding will support increased awareness and engagement of Native American veterans and their families through the Native Workforce Services program, which provides career counseling, educational counseling, classroom training and job placement services.
- $ 20,000: Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) – The funding will support the NAYA gala and auction in Portland, Oregon, the largest celebration of National Native American Heritage Month in the Pacific Northwest. NAYA is the cultural center of from Portland Native American community, offering culturally appropriate services and programs to youth, families and seniors.
- $ 10,000: First demonstration of native color guards from the American Museum – Funding will support the museum’s demonstration on Veterans Day 2021, as well as free professional development for those working with serving members, veterans and military families on the cultural significance of warriors in the Native American communities.
âBoeing’s generous donation will help the Navajo Water Project in so many ways. DigDeep cannot do its job on the Navajo Nation without such support, which not only helps people get water, but helps them. also to thrive, “said Emma Robbins, Executive Director, Navajo Water Project.
Over the past three years, Boeing has invested more than $ 2.6 million in organizations supporting Native American and other Indigenous communities in the United States – providing global corporate support to Indigenous people during the same period to $ 3.3 million.
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