My first few weeks with the NB3 Foundation has been filled with laughter, learning experiences, teachable moments, soccer, golf and nutrition (basically the best summer ever). I have begun an awesome internship with other individuals who are dedicated to helping our Native communities. As a group, we work together to provide a soccer, yoga and nutrition curriculum to 1st-8th grade San Felipe Pueblo and other Native students. I have the honor of helping with the nutrition curriculum implementation of which I help teach our young students the importance of eating healthy through showing them how to make healthy snacks. Thus far, all the students love each and every recipe we have made with them and some have even reported they have already made the snacks at home–which is one of our goals.
As a team, we have also begun to collaborate with other San Felipe Pueblo programs and iRoots Media to plan and host a community music festival with a theme of bringing awareness to type II diabetes and childhood obesity. This festival will showcase local musicians and artists, local vendors and will provide an opportunity for the community to work on graffiti walls. The graffiti art will be hung in various pueblo and NB3 offices.
Moreover, I am working with two other interns to create a health campaign. We are in our initial stages, but so far our topic is to encourage San Felipe Pueblo members to drink more water. We are working on creating a PSA and from our planning meetings, our video looks very promising.
This internship is off to a very exciting start. I am looking forward to seeing the final products of our big events like our Drink Water PSA and the music fest. We have a lot more work to put into it, but it will all be worth it in the end.