Activating Native Youth Assets, Community Needs Assessment

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Thank you for helping us promote positive youth development by responding to some questions about Native American youth in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties and the programs that serve them. This survey will take an estimated 20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one session.

The purpose of the Activating Native Youth Assets, Community Needs Assessment, is to map risk factors and protective factors for violence, gang involvement and child abuse and neglect among Native youth.

Through this survey, the National Indian Justice Center and its collaborators, the Sonoma County Indian Health Project and California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, seek to identify what individual, family/peer and community level factors make Native youth in our communities most vunerable to violence, gang involvement and child abuse and neglect. At the same time, we seek to discover existing individual, family/peer and community level assets that protect and give Native youth resiliency from violence, gang involvment and child abuse.

The results of this survey will be shared with tribal and non-tribal community-based and faith-based organizations in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties that serve Native youth. Our hope is that the information will help Native youth-serving organizations develop sustainable, positive youth development programs that are responsive to the unique needs of Native youth and reflect tribal community cultural values.

The information you provide will not be sold or used inappropriately. Survey respondents are eligible for a raffle prize of a Pendleton blanket. Your contact information will be entered into the raffle upon receipt. The winner will be selected on April 30, 2008. The results of the survey and the raffle drawing will be available at that time on the NIJC website at www.nijc.org.

To respond by mail, print and send your completed survey to:

NIJC
5250 AERO DRIVE
SANTA ROSA, CA 95403

This survey is based on an assessment tool developed by NPC Research for the Oregon Juvenile Crime Prevention Program. It is funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Compassion Capital Fund, Communities Empowering Youth Program
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