The Kul Wicasa Wopasi Innovator program is a newly developed opportunity for 14-18 year old Native American youth on the Lower Brule Reservation. The program started in early February 2021. The group meets in person Monday - Friday 10am - 2pm from May 24 - August 6 (except tribal holidays).
Innovators age 14-18 are eligible for compensation at a rate of $12 per hour!
To receive payment innovators need to complete a w-4, i-9, direct deposit form, and photo release. Innovators need to submit photos or scans of these forms, along with 2 forms of ID, via email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Innovators will also need to join Quidlo time sheets, where they will document their time working as an innovator.
Summer payments will be processed after at the conclusion of the summer (August 6). Innovators who continue throughout the school year will be paid at the conclusion of each month.
Building a team
Connecting deeply with one another to understand who we are, what we care about, and how we should work together is important.
Team-building Tools We Use:
When we meet, we sometimes use the Circles format to help check in.
Team-accountability Tools We Use:
We have a document that states our team expectations and goals to outline how we work together
Do Betters are the forms we use to help support and hold each other accountable to our team expectations.
Selecting a project
Most of our work is centered around projects. Sometimes we create our own projects from scratch, and other times we collaborate with outside partners or funders to design a project together.
Project Development and Selection Tools We Use:
Our Project Ideas Board is where we describe and organize all the different projects we are potentially interested in taking on. We select projects by voting and then create a shared Google project folder to store all the project materials and documents for our team.
Planning a project
Before we begin a project, we create a plan to figure out exactly how we will turn our dreams into a reality. We make copies of these documents and store them in a shared Google folder before we begin filling them out.
Project Planning Tools We Use:
Our Project Research helps us gather and organize information about our project idea.
Our Project Plan helps us create a general overview for our entire project. This information gets published on our website for each project.
Our Project Roadmap helps us schedule the goals we will need to achieve to make our vision a reality.
Our Project Budget helps us define the potential costs associated with achieving our goals.
Working together can be hard, so we use a framework to help us come together and make progress toward our goals.
The Collaboration Framework tools we use to make positive change in the world:
Building a movement
Although much of our work is organized and funded through projects, we understand that individual projects alone will not create the kinds of futures we want to see. As a result, we also regularly connect with Indigenous activists and organizers to build broader community and power for social change.