Black Elk said, “Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle.” Your education is part of that circle. As your vision of the future unfolds, we hope you will share what you have learned with others.

Here are some ideas for giving back:

  • Become a mentor to young people trying to get an education.
  • Work in a career that provides a critical service to your fellow tribal members.
  • Start a business that brings employment to your community.
  • Volunteer your time, talents, or resources to tribal events.
  • Start a community garden or a gardening class.
  • Join your tribe’s youth council, or senior youth council if they have one (generally for students between the ages of 18-24).
  • Join tribal government committees or boards.
  • Join the board for a local or national Native non-profit.
  • Join your local Johnson O’Malley or Title VII Indian Education parent advisory committees (must be a parent/guardian of children enrolled in service area).
  • Be a person that lifts people up, instead of tearing them down; be the light needed in your communities.

There are also a number of ways to give back to the College Fund through time and resources. See our Staying Connected page to learn more.

This text is adapted from “Developing Your Vision While Attending College”