About the Initiative
Established in 2013, as a project of The Hopi Foundation, the Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative (HOYI) focuses on our community’s most at-risk youth between the ages of 14 to 26 who are not actively engaged in school or in the workforce. The goal of the Initiative is to bring together community members and organizations that will promote positive change and explore opportunities to help strengthen support for Hopi/Tewa youth. The Initiative goals are to Build a safe and supportive platform for Youth to share their stories and include their insight and voice in the process of exploring new pathways and expanding existing programs for their success, and to develop a shared vision and path for community to build a common understanding of the needs of our youth today and work together to develop supportive partnerships, programs and resources.
The Collaborator meetings were launched in May 2013 to gauge the interest in the HOYI concept. Since then, we've hosted 1-1 meetings with key services including the Department of Education and its programs, The Hopi High School, Hopi Guidance Center Services, two key Village Youth Programs and our Tribal Elected Officials and their staff.
The Youth Listening Sessions were launched in July 2013 to gather insight and help raise voice for Hopi and Tewa Youth. Since July The HOYI Team and Staff have hosted 2 other community-wide listening sessions and will begin to target focus groups that tribal programs and services are working with.
None scheduled at this time. Check back for updates.
For more information contact:
Kyle Knox or Hannah Honani
Phone: (928) 734-2380 or 734-2390
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