Finding Our Voice
A video relating the stories of four American Indian high school students who are developing the leadership skills necessary to make a successful transition to life after high school. Brian, Brenda, Geno, and Valerie share their experiences of positive personal growth and how their self-advocacy and goal-setting skills gave them the confidence to be leaders in their communities. The students were filmed in a variety of settings - including the National Youth Leadership Training in Sandstone, Minnesota; Outward Bound Wilderness in Ely, Minnesota; and the transition conference, "Your Future Starts Now," at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - where they participated in unique experiential activities related to essential transition skills. The 45-minute film is on a DVD that also contains a resource guide that provides discussion questions for use with youth and in staff development, and lesson plans that relate to specific scenes in the video. "Finding Our Voice" is an excellent complement to the curriculum, "Expanding the Circle: Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future."