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MENDING THE WINGS OF OUR YOUTH SO THEY CAN FLY AGAIN

We stand amazed and humbled by the goodness of Creator when we see all that Mending Wings has become, and is becoming, since our humble beginnings in 2006. We are experiencing a move of Creator in our hearts, and in our organization, and we are excited to see where He will take us in the future. We invite you to join us in praying for increased wisdom and spiritual insight as we wait on Creator for His direction and clarity of vision. He is so good, and we are expecting to be overcome by that goodness.

Mending Wings Youth Programs

Dancing Our Prayers

DOP are teams of Native teens who travel locally, regionally and nationally sharing their culture, spirituality and way of life . . .

S.L.A.M. Trips

Youth group & college-age groups are invited to our reservation as learners through our Slam Trips program. On this week-long service . . .

Community Healers

– Through this program our youth will perform intentional acts of kindness throughout the Yakima Valley through service to our elders . . .

Guys & Girls Night

A great program that is filled with food, fun and games. Teens participate in drug & alcohol-free events . . .

4-1 Youth

A mid-week gathering for teens that is full of good food, fun games & prizes and inter-active teachings . . .

Footprints of Our Elders

Cultural revitalization and retention classes where Native youth learn drum songs, how to dance traditional dances . . .

Dancing Our Prayers

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Together Let’s Help Our People to Fly Again

Native people have the highest teen suicide rate in the Western hemisphere—62% higher than the national average. It’s the second leading cause of death among Natives 15-24 years of age (60% of Yakama Nation enrolled members are age 25 and younger). We have the highest alcoholism rate (510% higher than the national average), the shortest life expectancy (average 40 years of age), the lowest percentage of high school graduates, the lowest per capita income, the highest levels of unemployment and the 2nd highest teen pregnancy rate in Washington State.

One out of three Native females will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. Violence, bullying and gangs are epidemic. Native communities have also experienced significant levels of loss with respect to our language, family values, cultural values, spirituality, land and community roles due to colonization. Mending Wings works hard to improve these harsh realities through our tried, tested and varied programs.

You can join us in combating these social ills by accepting the Send10 Challenge. $10 a month helps to send a Native youth to a Mending Wings program for that month. That means that for less than .35 a day, you can help Mending Wings curb teen suicide rates, ensure youth graduate from high school and move on to higher education, empower youth with self-confidence, revitalize and retain culture, tear away shame, develop youth as leaders, deter gang association and replace negative influences with positive experiences.

Would you consider accepting this challenge laid before you? If so, download the form, fill it out and return to: Mending Wings c/o Corey Greaves P.O. Box 324 Wapato, WA. 98951

Send Ten Challenge

$10 a month enables our life-saving programs to help our Native youth fly again

Every $10/month you send helps our organization secure the transportation, food, facilities, supplies and staff that we need to become even more effective in reaching our Native youth.   Get more information on the Send Ten Challenge.

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Mending Wings is an active organization with many events, trips, speaking engagements and activities happening with our youth. If you would like to keep up with what is happening at Mending Wings and our Native youth, please sign up for our monthly eNewsletter today!

Mending Wings featured in Yakima Herald article “Nonprofit Mending Wings supports Indigenous youth through traditional Yakama ways, Christian beliefs” – October 5, 2021

December 2020 Newsletter

 

Latest News from Mending Wings

Community Accelerator Grant from ArtsFundWA

Community Accelerator Grant from ArtsFundWA

We are proud to announce that Mending Wings is a recipient of a Community Accelerator Grant funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and awarded by ArtsFund WA! This gift will accelerate our organization’s efforts in sharing the dances of the Yakama Nation and...

Job Opening – S.L.A.M. Trips Director

Job Opening – S.L.A.M. Trips Director

Mending Wings, a Native American non-profit youth organization, located within the boundaries of the Yakama Nation in Washington State is currently on the lookout for a dedicated and responsible individual to join our team as the director of our S.L.A.M.Trips program...

New Grant Received

New Grant Received

Mending Wings thanks Cook Native American Ministries Foundation for their generous grant to  our Dancing Our Prayers program.  This grant helps our Native students to be able to make regalia, learn their dances and songs and travel to various venues across the country...