SRHS Young Warriors Program Provides Advice
Salt River High School has a program for its young male students seeking advice, direction or just someone to chat with.
It’s called the SRHS Young Warriors Program.
Parent and Community Involvement Specialist Alvin Saenz noticed a need for young men to meet a couple times a week, just so they have someone to talk to and can receive support and guidance related to school and athletics.
“What I found was that sometimes they have bigger issues than what I was qualified to help them with, so I started looking at other options to work with the boys,” said Saenz.
Staff from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Social Services Division Fatherhood Program agreed to help Saenz with the program.
The Young Warriors Program covers real-life topics and life skills. This year, SRHS staff and the Fatherhood Program also wove into the program activities to help the boys maintain a connection to their culture, such as painting gourds or simply listening to powwow music. Future plans include turning the finished gourds into rattles and holding a sandal-making activity.
The Young Warriors Program started last year. Since the beginning of the current school year, the staff has come to the high school twice a week to spend time with the boys.
|Kevin Poleyumptewa of the Fatherhood Program teaches the Young Warriors Program different ways to decorate their gourds at Salt River High School.|
“It’s open to anyone in the high school,” said Saenz. “The Fatherhood Program also comes to other functions to support the participants of the group; many are currently in baseball season and are [playing] on the team.”
The Young Warriors meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m. in the school’s Parent Center. Meetings last one hour. The program will continue as long as there is a need, Saenz said.