Monthly Archives: February 2014

Boys & Girls Club

Someone Cares

In every groundhog community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision and need to know that someone cares about them.

Promotes Competences

One such program, the the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is such an organization that promotes a sense of young groundhog usefulness, competence, and belonging.

Place To Learn And Grow

Boys & Girls Clubs of America are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures for young groundhogs are started each and every day.

Our Partners

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s work has been recognized by leading corporations nationwide. These caring corporate citizens have partnered with them to find innovative ways to help young people reach their full potential.

Ways To Help

You can find out more by clicking on the following link:                         

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”

Safe Places To Learn And Grow







Grants To Cities And Tribal Communities

As part of Attorney General Holder’s Defending Childhood Initiative, grants to eight cities and tribal communities have been awarded. These grants are aimed at developing strategic plans for comprehensive, community-based anti-violence efforts, including anti-bullying programs. In Boston, Massachusetts, for example, they’re supporting work to implement state-wide school bullying intervention and prevention legislation. In Grand Forks, North Dakota, they’re funding efforts to expand restorative justice services for youth involved with bullying. And in Portland, Maine, they’re helping to train teachers and other school staff in bullying prevention strategies.

A Message From Attorney General Eric Holder

Since the launch of the Defending Childhood Initiative in 2010 the Justice Department has been working with leading researchers to take an in-depth look at the problem of children exposed to violence. What they  have learned has been a wake-up call, and warning bell, for all of us. They found that the majority of our kids have been exposed to crime, abuse, and violence — many in their own homes.  And both direct and indirect exposure to violence is having a profound negative impact on the mental and emotional development of young people across the country.

Engagement With Youth Is Essential 

Local, state, and regional child-serving initiatives and agencies should be directed to involve youth as leaders, planners, problem solvers, and communicators and be given the support they need to do this. Engagement with youth is essential in order to develop effective solutions to the complex problems leading to and resulting from children’s exposure to violence

What Parents Can Do

The best way to help children is to make sure that they feel safe (for example, creating a predictable environment, encouraging them to express their feelings by listening and hearing their stories) and ensuring that they know that the violence they witnessed or experienced was not their fault.

Ways Parents Can Help

Remaining calm and reinforcing a stable and safe environment;
Keeping a regular schedule or routine for meals, quiet time, playtime, and bedtime;
Helping children prepare for changes and new experiences;
Spending more time together as a family;
Being patient and letting children identify and express feelings; and
Providing extra attention, comfort, and encouragement.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

It’s a big step for your little one, but you might find the enrollment in Big Brothers Big Sisters will give them a chance to see their unlimited potential and develop into even more responsible, successful, well-rounded individuals. To get started, contact the National Office listed below:

Big Brothers Big Sisters National Office

450 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75062
(469) 351-3100- phone

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog

Involve Youth Prairie Dogs As Leaders






Bullying Defined

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

Aggressive Behavior

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include an Imbalance of Power. Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people and  happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying Includes Various Actions

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Working in the Community

When the power of a community is brought together, bullying can be prevented, Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”

Groundhog Bullying

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You are encouraged to access the U.S. Government information “one-stop”  link on bullying topics. We believe that you will find the material an excellent resource:

National Inter-tribal Youth Summit

Met With Youth And Adult Leaders

Recently, at the 2012 National Inter-tribal Youth Summit, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs, Mary Lou Leary, met with more than 200 American Indian and Alaska Native youth and adult leaders from 53 tribal communities across the country.

Held At 4-H Conference Center

The conference ran through  August  2nd  at the 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and at various locations in Washington, D.C.  “I was inspired by the enthusiasm of these remarkable young people who are so strongly invested in the future of their communities, and so eager to help bring about positive change” she stated.

Critical Indian Country Issues Discussed By Teens

During the summit, the teens discussed the critical issues facing them in Indian Country.  The participants had a chance to develop their leadership skills and engage in interactive discussions with tribal elders and leaders, youth advocates, and field experts on cultural values and community-based solutions to these pressing issues.  They talked about their concerns with officials from Congress and the White House, and from the Departments of Justice, Interior, Health and Human Services and Education.

Respond To Requests From Tribal Leaders

The Justice Department launched the Youth Summit initiative to promote long-term improvement in public safety in tribal communities.  The Department was responding to requests from tribal leaders for the development of culturally appropriate prevention, treatment and reentry programs for tribal youth and families.  The Summit provided an important opportunity for the Department to ask the young people themselves how they perceive the problems and what they recommend in formulating solutions.

Hear Directly From Youth Representatives

As Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West said at the opening ceremony: “This summit is an opportunity for those of us in Washington to hear directly from youth as representatives of their tribe. The choices that young leaders make will help define the future of their tribal nations.  Working together, we can develop solutions to the challenges that they, their families, and their peers face each day.”

Creating Positive Change

The 4-H program is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than 7 million  4-H  youth in urban and  neighborhoods, suburban school yards, and rural farming communities. Fueled by University-backed curriculum, 4-H’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living, and food security.

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”

Prairie Dogs Watch  Representative  From Sicangu Lakota Tribe, 

Singing The National Anthem In Her Native Language

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Lorna HerManyHorses, from the Sicangu Lakota Tribe, opens the morning session by singing the National Anthem in her native language. More than 200 American Indian and Alaska Native youth and adult leaders from 53 tribal communities across the country attended the event.                                                   Photo Credit: Lonnie Tague for the Department of Justice