Crooked Tree Youth Leadership Program opportunity

Crooked Tree Youth Leadership Program to offer students hands-on experience with local and tribal government.

The Crooked Tree Youth Leadership Program is a collaborative education program sponsored by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Emmet County Board of Commissioners and Michigan State University Extension. The program provides selected high school-aged students an opportunity to learn about local and state government with a "hands-on" approach.  Students will identify public issues and then learn how citizens can work with government to accomplish public objectives and meet community needs.

Students will learn how tribal, county and state government works, sit next to their commissioner and tribal council during an official meeting, visit with various department heads, work as a team to identify community issues important to teens and work on possible action plans to address these issues. Students will also visit Lansing, Mich. to visit state offices and agencies, have breakfast with their state senator and representative, visit with lobbyists and spend time at the capitol.

The class session outline is as follows:

  • September  24 (Monday) 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Introduction to Tribal Government

    Learn about the history of the tribe, what service the tribe provides for its members and how you can become involved.
  • October 22 (Monday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Visiting Tribal Government Offices

    Meet with those doing the work of the tribe, including the Tribal Chairman, Tribal Courts and Tribal Law Enforcement. This will require a full day off from school.
  • November 18 (Sunday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Tribal Council Meeting

    Sit in on a Tribal Council Meeting and learn how the legislative process works in the tribe.
  • January 28 (Monday) 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Introduction to County Government

    Learn about how County Government works and the roles of the different elected officials on the county level.
  • February 14 (Thursday) 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. County Commission Chambers
    Visiting Emmet County Government and Board of Commissioners meeting

    Visit the county jail, courts and other departments and end the day sitting in on a meeting with the Emmet County Board of Commissioners
  • March 11 (Monday) 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Meeting with other Emmet County Officials and Capitol Experience Orientation

    Meet with other elected and appointed county officials, and discuss the four-day trip to Lansing.
  • March 17-20 (Sunday through Wednesday) Capitol Experience
    Academy participants will represent the tribe and Emmet County at Michigan 4-H Capitol Experience held at our state capitol.  Participants will miss three days of school.  If needed, we will contact school officials to explain the program. You will have breakfast with your state senator and representative.  You will visit lobbyists, state agencies and state departments.  You will discover first hand how state public policy is made.  Issue groups will include criminal sentencing, prison system, domestic violence and juvenile crime.
  • April 22 (Monday), 4-7; at the Tribal Government Center
    Issues Identification

    The leadership group will work together to identify community issues and propose possible action plans to address the issues. (Parents are welcome to attend.)
  • May 4 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Presentation to Tribal Council

    Participants will present the issues we felt were most important to tribal leaders and make recommendations for action.
  • May 9 (Wednesday) 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Emmet County Commission Chambers
    Presentation to Emmet County Commissioners

    We will present the issues we felt were most important to county leaders and make recommendations for action.  There will also be an evaluation of the program for all participants.

If you know an Emmet County student or Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians youth aged 14-19 that may be interested in the program, please have them contact Emily Proctor at (231) 439-8927 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); Kristy Dayson at (231) 242-1593 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Government and Public Policy work team can provide “Effective Meetings” training for youth and adults upon request.

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