Pokagon Band after school programs kick into gear

This year, we've added two new programs to our after-school offerings. The first is a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Michiana called Y-Club. It is for Zagbëgon students ages 3-5 years old, runs each Monday through Thursday, 2:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., and meets at the Pokagon Family Activities Center and at Zagbëgon. Students enjoy creative movement, cultural activities, and age-appropriate enrichment. Please contact Jessica Brady at (269) 783-2469 or Jessica.Brady@pokagonband-nsn.gov if you would like more information.

On Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., youth ages 5-11 years old can participate in weekly activities that focus on seasonal teachings, language, wellness, nutrition, and outdoor activities. This program, called Gdedésêk or Little Otters, includes dinner and limited transportation. If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Williams at (269) 462-4296 or Rebecca.Williams@pokagonband-nsn.gov or Susan Doyle at (269) 462-4229 or Susan.Doyle@pokagonband-nsn.gov.

Continuing, but with a new name, is the current after school program for youth ages 12-17 on Tuesdays 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Language & Culture. Now called Mbesniyêk, or People of the Lake, kids focus on seasonal teachings, language, and outdoor activities. Limited transportation is available for the Dowagiac, Cassopolis, and Niles area. Please contact Daniel Stohrer at (269) 462-4225 or Daniel.Stohrer@pokagonband-nsn.gov.

These programs are collaborations between the departments of Language & Culture, Education, Tribal Police, PHS’s Behavioral Health and Wellness, and Tribal Court.