Smart Moves: Indian Country Prevention and Service Pilot Program
SMARTMoves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) is a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program geared for youth ages 6-15. SMARTMoves uses group discussions and role playing that allow youth to practice resistance and refusal skills, and to help them develop confidence in making decisions and handling pressure from peers and the media. In the 1990s, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) partnered with the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) to develop a strategy for implementing SMARTMoves with Native American youth. This partnership involved ten grants to Native American BGCA clubs as pilot sites, funding for eight new BGCA clubs in Indian territories, and funding for 36 tribal communities for BGCA outreach and expansion efforts to reach more youth. In this 17-page report, the authors profile the efforts of each of the ten pilot sites: Scottsdale (Arizona) Boys & Girls Club; Valley Boys & Girls Club (Nez Perce, Idaho); Boys & Girls Club of the Fort Peck (Montana) Reservation;Boys & Girls Club of the Navajo (New Mexico) Nation; Akwesasne (New York) Boys & Girls Club; Cherokee (North Carolina) Youth Center Boys & Girls Club; Boys & Girls Club of Green County (Oklahoma), Inc.; SuAnne Big Crow Boys & Girls Club (South Dakota); and Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Orielle (Wisconsin). The authors describe the impact of the SMARTMoves programs on Native American youth and their communities as a whole. They also identify SMARTMoves resources and provide availability information.