Pretty Boy, an Idaho State University political science student
and a coordinator of the ISU College of Business Native American
Business Administration (NABA) Program, has been awarded a First
Nations Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development
(LEAD) Program Fellowship for 2009-10.
was surprised I received it, but I am very pleased," Pretty Boy
said. "The program is designed to develop leadership positions in
tribes and nonprofit organizations that deal with Native American
Boy, a Lakota Sioux tribal member, grew up in the Burley-Declo area
and earned a two-year degree in business at the United Tribes Technical
College in North Dakota. His work background is varied and he is
now also a part-time employee at the KISU radio station and was
once the news director there. He is a senior political science student.
As a coordinator for NABA, Pretty Boy assists Native American business
students to prepare for careers as entrepreneurs, business managers
are delighted that the First Nations Development Institute has recognized
the leadership roles that Jason occupies and the work he has accomplished
with our Native American students and educational programming at
ISU," said Stephen Adkison, ISU associated vice president of academic
programming. "Jason's selection as a LEAD Fellow is great honor
both for him and for our institution, and we are happy to support
his fellowship activities."
First Nations Development Institute is funded by a consortium of
private foundations as well as contributions from individual supporters
including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation
and American Express. LEAD is an intensive one-year program that
brings current Native nonprofit leaders and their organizations
together with young Native professionals identified as having the
potential to become the next generation of Native nonprofit leaders.
Currently, First Nations has LEAD program cohorts based in Colorado,
Oregon and Washington.
LEAD program's goal is to develop a new pool of nonprofit leaders
to meet the needs of the growing Native American nonprofit sector.
LEAD Fellows are employed by a nonprofit organization or planning
a career in the nonprofit sector, are committed to a career working
in Native communities, and are affiliated with a tribe.
one-year mentorship program will train participants in areas critical
to successful nonprofit leaders, including financial management,
factors affecting Native or reservation-based nonprofit organizations,
fundraising, program evaluation and service leadership.
Pretty Boy is a member of the 2009-10 Seattle LEAD Apprentice Cohort,
which has selected the Potlatch Fund to be the host organization
for a cohort of five to 10 emerging native professionals who could
benefit from mentorship and leadership training. There will be monthly
mentoring meeting held at the Potlatch Fund's office in downtown
Seattle and quarterly training sessions to be facilitated by either
the Potlatch Fund or the First Nations Development Institute. He
will also attend LEAD training events including that annual LEAD
Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., Jan. 13-15 and he may have the opportunity
to attend the Native Americans in Philanthropy annual conference.
This is a yearlong commitment for Pretty Boy that runs through Oct.
The First Nations Development Institute has its main office in Longmont,
Colo., and has a field office in Virginia. For more information
on this organization visit www.firstnations.org.