There are plenty of opportunities for your organization to make a difference in the futures of our Native youth through volunteering and sponsorship.

Without dedicated volunteers and generous donors, this would not be the 8th Annual Hoops 4 Life 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and 3rd Annual Empowerment 4 Life: Native American Youth Conference. Simply put, we couldn’t do it without the continued support of volunteers and sponsors.

The Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition’s (NUIHC) Soaring Over Meth & Suicide (SOMS) Program builds and engages Omaha’s Native American community as active partners to address the very high rates of suicide and substance abuse plaguing Native adolescents and young adults in our area. We use community-building as a core component of our prevention efforts, and we have achieved success in raising awareness and support for our goals.

Why is your sponsorship important? Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Native young people ages 10-34 nationwide. The CDC reports that these rates are estimated to reach 3 to 10 times higher for youth living on and around tribal land. Native youth also drink more alcohol and start drinking earlier than youth overall. The association between alcohol abuse and suicidal behavior is well-documented among Native youth.

We will host our 3rd Annual Empowerment 4 Life youth conference on November 10th in conjunction with our 8th Annual Hoops 4 Life youth basketball tournament on November 11th, 2017.  The conference will include presentations on empowerment, goal setting, cultural protective factors, and bullying.  We have selected nationally known, culturally appropriate speakers to present at the conference and tournament. They collectively have over 40 plus years of experience working with at-risk Native youth.  Youth attending Omaha Public Schools and tribal members from Nebraska and surrounding states’ are invited. We are anticipating 250 Native youth attendees at the conference and Hoops 4 Life. This is SOMS’s largest event to raise awareness and support for suicide and substance abuse prevention activities in Omaha.

A sponsorship will contribute to the strength of our community by providing a healthy, pro-social approach to engage predominately low-income at-risk Native youth. Your sponsorship will promote cultural enrichment through education that nurtures ethnic pride, a proven protective factor for Native American youth. Your organization’s support will help us continue our efforts to prevent suicide and substance use in our community’s most at-risk population. Click here to view our various sponsorship levels.

If a monetary sponsorship is not possible, we are in need of many items for the youth conference and basketball tournament. For example, items needed are cases of bottled water for tournament players, sub sandwiches or lunch meat and cheese, and paper products.

In addition to a sponsorship, we have many opportunities to volunteer at our Hoops 4 Life basketball tournament. Volunteers are needed to help with setup (morning shift), greeters/sign-in (morning shift), team registration/sign-in (morning shift), scorekeepers (2 shifts – morning and afternoon), referees (2 shifts – morning and afternoon), food servers (mid-morning to mid-afternoon shift) and cleanup (late afternoon shift).

All contributions, both of personal time and donations are greatly appreciated.

A donation is a great way to get maximum exposure for your business not only through the events itself, but also our program newsletter, and any press releases/media coverage we receive.  Please have donations in by October 20th.

For questions, to volunteer or schedule a donation pickup, please feel free to contact the SOMS staff at: 402-346-0902. NUIHC is a registered 501 (c) (3).

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