The Nevada State Department of Education’s Native Youth Community Project prepares American Indian students in grades 7-12 for college and career using a three-fold plan that includes: (a) the support of the College and Career Coach (CCC) and Community-based Instructor (CBI); (b) activities designed to improve student academic performance, including tutoring and summer programs, conferences designed to engage students, and guided visits to colleges; and (c) community collaborative events. Three tribal groups in two different geographic locations receive support in these efforts. Members of the Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Walker River Paiute Tribe attend school in the Yerington, NV area. Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribal members attend school in the McDermitt, NV area. A total of 142 students participated in the first year of the project’s implementation.
The first-year evaluation report was released in November 2018 and summarized findings from the initial year of project implementation. A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods was used by researchers from the Tampa and Denver RMC Research offices to collect information for this report. Quantitative methods were used to examine community event participation, student academic learning plan completion, and college tour participation. In addition, surveys were distributed to participants in select community events. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with administrators at the Nevada Department of Education (NDE), school administrators, site and project staff, parents, and students during visits to the two sites.