Yesterday marked the first day of Anishinabe Summer Program, the nation's first American Indian-focused Freedom School during the months of June and July. The program empowers students and curbs summer learning loss by offering developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant curriculum. Reading is the academic focus, with educational field trips every Friday.
Summer Program combines recreational activity, educational experiences, and cultural awareness in a summer vacation program, implemented in part by Division of Indian Work YLDP staff. Youth meet for field trips to various Twin Cities museums, cultural experiences such as learning about the traditional use of tobacco and visiting the Elders’ Lodge; and recreation such as Bunker Beach Water Park and Webber Pool.
They also participate in educational activities at DIW, like science activities, crafts, and using the educational software (math, typing, language) on the computer in the YLDP classroom. In between the field trips, youth go swimming and participate in physically-active gym activities.