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September 7, 2007
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UMD Center for Indigenous Knowledge to Hold Symposium on Positive Youth Development
"Circle of Courage: Youth Resiliency"

The UMD Center for Indigenous Knowledge Revitalization will hold a symposium entitled "Circle of Courage: Youth Resiliency", discussing Native American philosophies on positive youth development, September 14, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Duluth (200 West 1st Street). The keynote speaker will be Martin Brokenleg, professor of First Nations Theology from the Vancouver School of Theology.

The symposium will discuss the "Circle of Courage" model and its philosophy, practice, and successes with K-12 students. The conference is designed for practicing K-12 educators, school social workers and psychologists as well as parents and caregivers of students. The goals of the conference are to help students learn to:

  • Understand and apply "Circle of Courage" philosophy and pedagogy in the classroom
  • Create a curriculum plan or unit for implementation
  • Evaluate the results of the new curriculum
  • Incorporate application exercises and active learning strategies into the classroom

The "Circle of Courage" integrates Native American philosophies of child rearing, the heritage of early pioneers in education and youth work, and contemporary resilience research. The model is based in four universal growth needs of all children: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

Continuing education units (CEU) and college credit are available for this conference. Conference registration fee is $75.00. To register or for more information see:

The keynote speaker, Martin Brokenleg, is Director of Native Ministries and a professor of First Nations Theology at the Vancouver School of Theology. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School. Professor Brokenleg has been a director of The Neighborhood Youth Corps, chaplain in a correctional setting, and has extensive experience as an alcohol counselor. He has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, in Hawaii, New Zealand, and South Africa. He is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, practicing the culture of his Lakota people.

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