The Wyandotte Nation Government established a summer youth program for tribal citizens entering their junior or senior year in high school, recent high school graduate, and college freshman. The program was designed to provide each citizen with a positive work-experience, along with becoming more familiar with their tribal culture and heritage. This experience also broadened their knowledge of the many service areas within the tribal government, which may assist students to determine future educational or vocational goals.
Those enrolled in the summer program include: Kayla White, Candace Hamilton, Caleb Friend, Tyler Lawson, Jennifer Davis, Cortney Glass, Kenny Glass, Trey Clemons and Steven Arment.
To be accepted into the program, participants completed an application for employment, successfully passed a background check and employee physical. Those accepted into the program maintain a 40-hour work week, through mid August. Each student was assigned to an area based on departmental needs. Throughout the summer, students were asked to attend training sessions. The first session, led by Chief Leaford Bearskin and Second Chief Billy Friend, provided students with a brief history of the Wyandottes; information of the various departments of the Nation’s Government and Tribal Corporation, while also impressing upon each student the importance of taking pride in being a Wyandotte Tribal Citizen; and maintaining core values and morals, as young tribal citizens.
Subsequent training sessions attended: Pow-Wow and the historical information – Sherri Clemons Preparing resume and cover letter – Arthur Anderson/Carla Culver Tribal scholarship program requirements – Carla Culver Reconciliation of checking account – Kim Garcia Cultural food demonstration – Brenda House Environmental issues – Christen Lee Fitness/Wellness – Kelly Walker
This program has provided tremendous assistance to various departments, while also allowing students to experience what is involved in the day-to-day working environment of the tribal government.
The Wyandotte Nation is very proud of this group of young adults. Each student has demonstrated an eagerness to learn about their position and their tribe. This program has provided a great opportunity for on-the-job experience and has been a great opportunity for the students and the Wyandotte Nation.