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Teens develop life skills at summer program
Charles Oldman, Harold Friday and Alex Waterman created collages and looked through magazines Thursday on the first day of the Summer Youth Program put on by Northern Arapaho 477. Photo by Alejandra Silva

Teens develop life skills at summer program

Jun 30, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The students will learn about financial literacy and "design thinking" every Thursday in July.

As the school year ends and summer begins, lessons continue for some youths on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

On June 20, teenagers assembled collages at the Frank B. Wise Building for their first day of Northern Arapaho 477's Summer Youth Program.

Wind River Development Fund program instructor Lorre Hoffman said the collages the teens were making were supposed to reflect who they are and what they like. The program will continue every Thursday until the end of July, and it has taken in 18, 14- to 16-year-olds who are working 25 hours a week.

Hoffman said the instructors are mixing financial literacy with "design thinking" to have the teens work on being young independent adults.

They'll visit a local kitchen to cook their own lunches, and they'll design and print their own money in a future workshop.

The 477 Program also has helped 45 other reservation youths find employment for the summer.

The 477 Program, WRDF and other local businesses and organizations partnered to give the teens a taste of freedom and help them learn more about themselves.

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