Thanks to Running Strong for American Indian Youth and their Dreamstarter Grant program, NCOHF will have new opportunities to serve Native American youth in the year ahead. Running Strong provides ten $10,000 grants each year to community non-profits who will mentor a young Dreamstarter and work with them to implement a project inspired by the young person’s dream for her or his community.
Our Dreamstarter is Kristina Hyatt, a registered dental hygienist and member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Kristina has been a volunteer with NCOHF for several years, working to support children in her community with oral care products through the Smile Drive. As Miss Native American USA, Kristina also visited several reservations as the “Native American ToothFairy,” using NCOHF resources and tools to help Cherokee children and children from other tribes understand the importance of taking care of their smiles. We are so proud that NCOHF and Kristina have been selected as a 2017 Dreamstarter grant recipient. Our entire team is looking forward to ways we can help serve Native American children in a greater way in the year ahead. Stay tuned for more news on our Dreamstarter activities in 2017!