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Impact

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Impact

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Building self confidence by encouraging young people to stretch their comfort zone and deepen their ancestral relationship to the natural world

Project Venture has served more than 9,000 Indigenous youth in across 25 states, 8 Canadian provinces, in Hungary, and most recently in Jamaica.

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“In the beginning, there were instructions. We were to have compassion for one another to live and work together, to depend on each other for support. we were told we were all related and interconnected to each other.”

- Vickie Downey, Tesuque Pueblo

“In the beginning, there were instructions. We were to have compassion for one another to live and work together, to depend on each other for support. we were told we were all related and interconnected to each other.”

program impact

At Project Venture, we believe in the power of our young people telling their stories and data. Since 2004, our model has been officially recognized by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) as a best practice and is recommended for replication both nationally and internationally.

 

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EVALUATION OF PV PARTICIPANTS SHOWED fewer RISKY BEHAVIORS, INCLUDING SUBSTANCE USE, TEEN PREGNANCY, VIOLENCE, DEPRESSION, AND ANXIETY

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PV youth DEMONSTRATED POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS, INCLUDING greater COMPETENCY, CONNECTION, CHARACTER, CARING, CONFIDENCE, AND CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY

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PV in pikangikum first nations (Ontario), Canada showed decreases in youth crime and increases in positive relationships between youth, the community, and police

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Project Venture Awards

2021

Program of the Year Award

Presented to Project Venture by the Association for Experiential Education

2010- McClellan Hall

Alice King Public Service Award

Presented by the State of New Mexico Governor’s Office

2012

Indian Health Service Director’s Behavioral Health Achievement Award

Presented to McClellan Hall and Project Venture

2015- McClellan Hall

Alec Dickson Servant
Leadership Award

Presented at the National Service Learning Conference by the National Youth Leadership Council

2019

SHIFT Award

Presented to Project Venture by Outside Magazine

2000

Exemplary Program Award

Presented to Project Venture by the State of New Mexico Behavioral Health Department

2002

Promising Program Award

Presented to Project Venture by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

2003

Most Effective Program for Indigenous Youth Award

For Indigenous Youth in SAMHSA’s National High Risk Youth Study

2005

Model Program Award

Presented to Project Venture by SAMHSA/NREPP

2007

Exemplary Program Award for Children of Color

Presented to Project Venture by the First Nations Behavioral Health Association

2007

Milestone Program Award

Presented to Project Venture by the W.K. Kellog Foundation

2009

Best Practice for American Indian, Alaska Native and Pacific Island Indigenous Youth

Presented to Project Venture by the First Nations Behavioral Health Association

1995 - McClellan Hall

Kurt Hahn Award

Presented by the Association for Experiential Education. The award is given to an individual who best exemplifies the work of Kurt Hahn, the Founder of Outward Bound.

1997- McClellan Hall

Spirit of Crazy Horse Award

Presented by the Black Hills Institute/Journal, for Bringing Courage to Discouraged Youth. 

1997- McClellan Hall

Trail Blazer Award

Presented by the National Service Learning Coalition for outstanding work in the field of Service Learning.

1989

Showcase Program Award

Presented by the U.S. Department of Education