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A Program of PWNA


 Youth & Residential

Who knows what great accomplishments lie ahead for children growing up on reservations of the Southwest? To help ensure that each and every one is able to realize his or her potential, the SWIRC Program provides a broad range of support for young people in these isolated and resource-poor areas.

SWIRC services touch children of all ages and in every area of their lives, providing a helping hand to youth organizations and infant and baby programs. Along with Program Partners, SWIRC services help support strong parent-child relationships, teach children about the benefits of good personal hygiene, educate them about health and exercise, and provide other supplies as needed.

SWIRC services touch children of all ages and in every area of their lives.

Youth organizations.
Because they are so remote, many reservations offer little or no programming or activities for young people. When such programs exist, their budgets are typically inadequate to provide food and activities for all the youth in their communities. SWIRC Youth services support the work of programs such as Boys and Girls clubs by donating snacks and water to motivate healthy activities.

Education, health, strong parent-school partnerships ... The SWIRC Program brings
a broad range of much needed services to communities.

Strong parent-child relationships.
In the same way, SWIRC provides incentives to support Baby Face and FACE programs. These programs focus on promoting strong parent-child relationships by increasing parents’ confidence in their ability to give their children the best possible start in life. Baby Face and FACE programs educate parents about child development and how to stimulate learning. These programs encourage true partnership between parents and schools and have the potential of detecting early learning problems with children.

Personal hygiene.
Poverty affects the vast majority of families on reservations, and unfortunately, children are among the most vulnerable to its effects. Many parents are unable to find employment or must travel off of the reservation to find work. Often children do not have access to adequate healthy food, clothing and shoes that fit properly, and products for personal hygiene. Under the umbrella of its youth services, the SWIRC Program helps community Program Partners to deliver hygiene and health education to children. We also provide personal care items such as feminine supplies, shampoo, soap, combs and brushes which the programs use as incentives.

Residential facilities (nursing homes, dormitories for school aged children, domestic violence and youth shelters) can receive personal care products for residents and other supplies that help the facility operate, such as cleaning supplies, bedding, and household items.

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