Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects

Forward Promise Empowerment Projects
Grant Opportunity

First Nations Development Institute has partnered with Forward Promise to bring you this important message.Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, established to promote the health of boys and young men of color (BYMOC), is pleased to announce the release of its new Call for Proposals (CFP) – Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects.

Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects seeks to elevate solutions and strategies that provide culturally-relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma for BYMOC ages 12-24, while promoting opportunities for them to heal, grow and thrive.

Empowerment Projects will support up to nine organizations with grants between $150,000 and $450,000 over two years, to strengthen their capacity to provide programming for and with BYMOC; enhance their ability to use data and research; and increase their ability to influence policy and practice in support of culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-promoting strategies BYMOC.


Complete information about the CFP and how to apply is also available at The deadline for submitting brief proposals is May 2, 2017, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Check out This Resource for Native Youth Research!


 Tips for Researchers: Strengthening Research that Benefits Native Youth

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center invited several distinguished scholars to share their best practices to identify key aspects of ethics and process in research developed with and for Native youth.

The report is designed to guide efforts to include American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth in research, so that the research generates the maximum benefit for AI/AN youth and their communities, and importantly, does no harm. It offers some broad insights in five key areas, or “Tips”, in the hopes that this can be tool for communities of researchers, youth, and youth advocates to come together around and use to develop context-specific discussions and partnered research goals. The five key areas with lead author annotations include the following:

  1. Centering Youth Voices (Greg Tafoya)
  2. Engaging Tribal Communities (Catherine Burnette)
  3. The Power of Place-Based, Small-Scale Inquiry (Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz)
  4. Expanding Tribal Youth Research in Urban and National Settings (Michelle Sarche)
  5. Ethical Considerations (Deana Around Him)

View the Report here (PDF)

NCAI Policy Research Center. (2016). Tips for Researchers: Native Youth Research. Author: Washington, DC.

New Funding Opportunity: Indigenous Project LAUNCH Due on 3/1/2017

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for FY 2017 Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health in American Indian/Alaskan (AI/AN) Native Communities and U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions Cooperative Agreements (Short title:  Indigenous Project LAUNCH).

The purpose of this program is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to eight years within tribes, territories and Pacific Island jurisdictions by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development.

The goal of Project LAUNCH is for children to be thriving in safe, supportive environments, and entering school ready to learn and able to succeed.

Applications are due on March 1, 2017

Please share this announcement with your colleagues and tribal stakeholders. For more information, visit Please send all questions to

Friday Funny! Grow your Business


You CAN grow your business to the next level!

Enjoy some resources from BPC:

Tips for Business Owners / Entrepreneurs (YouTube playlist)

Grant Writing (YouTube playlist)

Funding (related blogs)

Tenure-Track Opening in Evaluation Studies at The University of Minnesota!


The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in the College of Education and Human Development is a leader in advancing knowledge about educational and organizational change in local, national,
and international contexts. The research, teaching, and outreach reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and intercultural engagement with educators, scholars, and policy makers seeing to enhance leadership, policy, and development around the globe. They are seeking nominations and applications for a tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Evaluation Studies to contribute to teaching, research, and service in the area of program evaluation, with particular emphasis on the evaluation of programs in schools, foundations, government, health, community-based organizations, and other non-profit or for-profit settings.

The position will remain open until filled. The search committee will begin reviewing applications in December 2016. Applicants must apply on-line at  (reference Job Opening ID: 313573) and should
submit (1) a letter addressing qualifications, (2) a full curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three references.

Check Out The Public Education and the Social Contract: Restoring the Promise in an Age of Diversity and Inclusion Video!


The American Educational Research Association annual Brown Lecture entitled: Public Education and the Social Contract: Restoring the Promise in an Age of Diversity and Inclusion is now available to view online! The Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research is designed to feature the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education. The Lectureship was inaugurated in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took into account scientific research in issuing its landmark ruling. Each year a distinguished scholar notable for producing significant research related to equality in education is invited to give a public lecture in Washington, D.C.

View here:

Register Today! Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin Workshop!



Register today the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin Workshop presented by The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network. There will be 4 offerings of this workshop throughout Wisconsin. The 1st offering is November 1st at Lake of the Torches Resort in Lac du Flambeau.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will:

  • Have an increased understanding of American Indian student achievement in Wisconsin and the use of data to improve results for students
  • Be provided with an experience that integrates CCSS math standards with CRT and provide a lens for making schools more constructive places for Native children
  • Have increased knowledge of culturally relevant teaching strategies that have positive learning impact for all students
  • Receive useful and helpful resources for “continuing the work”

Register here:

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education Part 2!


The Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education
is a four-part resource that brings together research, promising practices, and useful tools
and resources to guide educators in strengthening partnerships with families and community
members to support student learning. The toolkit defines family and community engagement
as an overarching approach to support family well-being, strong parent–child relationships,
and students’ ongoing learning and development. The primary audiences for this toolkit are
administrators, teachers, teacher leaders, and trainers in diverse schools and districts.
Part 2 is designed to tap into the strengths of families and community members and help families establish active roles in the school community in support of student learning.


View the Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education Part 2: Building a Cultural Bridge here:

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education Part 1


The Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education is designed to guide school staff in strengthening partnerships with families and community members to support student learning. The Regional Educational Laboratory for the Pacific (REL Pacific) developed the toolkit in response to a request from the Guam Alliance for Family and Community Engagement in Education, whose members include K-12 school staff and college faculty who work with K-12 schools. This toolkit offers an integrated approach to family and community engagement, bringing together research, promising practices, and a wide range of useful tools and resources with explanations and directions for using them. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

View the Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education: Part 1: Building an understanding of family and community engagement here:

Another Great Video To Share From The Sustainable Development Institute!



Take a look at the video created from the visit the Sustainable Development Institute took to Lakota Nation – Pine Ridge Reservation, and the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. Interviewing the Solar Warrior Henry Red Cloud.

Check out the video here: