The Sapsik'ʷałá Teacher Education Program is looking for American Indian/Alaska Native high school and undergraduate students in Oregon for its Grow Your Own Future Teachers Project.

Any student with tribal affiliation in any of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon or the 43 tribes that have residency by aboriginal right in Oregon can apply for the project until Feb. 19. 

To join the project or to find out more about student and mentor incentives, check out our website at https://blogs.uoregon.edu/sapsikwala/ or contact GYO Project Coordinator, Dr. Rena Dunbar at renad@uoregon.edu.

Up to 30 students will be given weekly academic and cultural support through mentorship from March 15 to June 10 to become a licensed K-12 teacher. Student participants will receive laptops and tech supports as well as gift cards for successful completion of project benchmarks.

Sapsik'ʷałá alumni will serve as teacher mentors and host weekly online sessions to nurture and grow Indigenous teachers. The Sapsik'ʷałá curriculum in these sessions will be co-created by Sapsik'ʷałá Alumni, Elders, and the students to provide a culturally sustaining educational experience that nurtures and supports the strong educational leadership, including the next generation of teachers, in our Tribal communities.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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