Akwesasne Inclusion & Linguistics Integration

Worksite Location
CCE Franklin County
Project Dates
June 3rd 2019 through August 2nd 2019
Faculty Sponsor
Abigail Cohn, Department of Linguistics, The College of Arts & Sciences
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Abby Bigness, After School Program Coordinator & 4-H Educator, CCE Franklin County, Pat Banker 4-H Program Educator, CCE Franklin County
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

1. Staff/participants communicate better as language barrier diminishes.
2. staff/participant and families develop closer bonds as staff correctly pronounce names and understand dialect.
3. Mentor/Mentee bonds will become stronger as mentors put forth effort to fully appreciate Mohawk language and culture.
4. CCE Educators will develop working relationships with Akwesasne community as Edible Wilds curriculum is utilized.
5. Accurate National Mentoring Program (NMP) outcomes will be captured as Akwesasne participants better understand evaluation tools. 

Roles and Responsibilities

1. Assist CCE staff and project team to better understand Mohawk language as it relates to program participants Mohawk name.
2. Assist CCE staff in modifying National Mentoring Program (NMP) survey to accommodate Akwesasne youth participants.
3. Assist CCE staff in modifying 4-H Wild Edibles curriculum for Akwesasne community.
4. Assist CCE staff with NMP summer programs including Family Night Out events.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Interest in indigenous languages and cultures.

Previous or current linguistics coursework is highly desirable (including Ling 1101 Introduction to Linguistics and Ling 2248 Native American Languages).

Benefits and Skills

Better understanding of language barriers of Akwesasne tribe.
Better understanding of stresses as tribal youth integrates within district.
Better understanding of the Akwesasne community.
Better understanding of Akwesasne dialect.