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Summer Jam Staff: Role Models

The students enrolled in Summer Jam 2015 not only learned about history, culture, healthy lifestyles and more – they connected with Oneida staff members who grew up as some of the program’s early participants.

The program, which ran July 6 to August 14, was open to children of Nation Members and Health Department clients who are entering grades 3 and 7 this fall. The children enjoyed presentations from Haudenosaunee astronaut Joseph Connolly, Shako:wi Cultural Center, Oneida Nation Police, Behavioral Health and the Elders program.

But some of the more meaningful connections came from the summer jam assistants themselves: Erin Confer (Turtle Clan), Aaron “Gob” Glass (Bear Clan), Tanner Bluewolf (Wolf Clan), and Teyekahli:yós Edwards (Wolf Clan). ...
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