MVSKOKE YOUTH OPPORTUNITY GRANT

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Can I apply for the grant every year?


The grant is a once per fiscal year grant that the youth can apply for every fiscal year as long as they remain eligible.




Who is eligible for the grant?


Any Muscogee (Creek) citizen aged 24 and under is eligible to receive the grant. Past recipients must have turned in all post-grant documents to remain eligible for the next fiscal year. Only high school students are elligble for laptop funding. For tutoring, the student is only eligible if their school does not offer free tutoring or if their school tutoring is at max capacity. The student applying must provide proof from the school that tutoring is not provided or available.




What are the service learning requirements?


Participants are required to complete service learning hours within 90 days of the date of the check to promote the concept of giving back for the assistance provided by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Hours required are determined by youth's grade level.

  • 5th grade and under = 2.5 hours
  • 6th-8th grades = 5 hours
  • 9th-12th grades = 10 hours
  • Not in School or Graduate = 15 hours




What is allowable as service learning?


In the document above titled "Allowable Service Learning" are examples of what is allowable and not allowable to fulfill the service leraning requirements.




What is service learning?


Service Learning is defined as volunteering or serving within the youth’s local community or within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Examples include: picking up trash, preparing grounds for traditional ceremonies, serving meals to a group, etc. Serving Learning is also defined as creating a project that provides service to others. Examples include: hosting a canned food or book drive, creating an awareness project, etc.




When does the fiscal year start/end?


The Muscogee (Creek) Nation fiscal year runs from October 1st to August 31st.




Is my Opportunity eligible?


The youth must apply for the grant a minimum of 3-4 weeks prior to the Opportunity. MNYS does not offer reimbursement for Opportunities that have already passed or do not meet the time requirments. MNYS does not provide a duplication of services. If the youth has recieved services, grants, etc from another department, their Opportunity is not eligible





Frequently Asked Questions

Online Application Only
For youth ages 0-17 a legal guardian must complete the application.   Youth ages 18-24, must complete their own application.   
 
 
 
 
 
Send Documentation to: 
youthservices@muscogeenation.com
Grant Purpose

Purpose of the Mvskoke Youth Opportunity Grant is to assist enrolled citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, ages 0-24, with participation in educational activities and non-educational extra-curricular activities.

Maximum Amounts
  • Various Opportunities - Max $250

- ex: sports, arts, music, rodeo, cultural activities, education, leadership, and more

- laptops for High School students

  • Educational and Leadership Opportunities ONLY:

  • Outside the youth's state of residence - Max $1,000

  • Outside the youth's country of residence - Max $2,000

*Grants cannot exceed the maximum amounts listed.

**Education opportunities are required to provide educational credits.

Eligibility
  • Must be an enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.​

  • Must provide a copy of the youth's citizenship card.

  • Must be age 24 or under 

  • Must complete an online application

  • Laptop requests must show proof of high school enrollment

  • Out of state/International Education related requests must show proof of educational credit

Applicant must be in good standing

Failure to comply with requirement (after the grant is received) will result in the youth being ineligible for one calendar year from the date that all documents are received.

Documents

MYOG

Information

Post-Grant Documents

Awardee Highlights

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Memphis Black

Age 14

Memphis Black has been tumbling for 4 years at McIntosh Tumbling. He competes on floor, double-mini, and trampoline. During those four years, he has gained several awards, including: the Oklahoma/Texas State Champion on all three events each year, 2017 Athlete of the Year, 2018 Trampoline Athlete of the Year, and 2019-2021 National All-Star Team. He has won four USTA National Championships, including this years Sub-Advanced Double-Mini National Champion Award in Charleston, WV. Memphis used the grant for the last two years to attend nationals. In addition, Memphis has obtained his USTA Jr. Coaching Certification, and coaches younger athletes during the season.

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Alexandria and Jayden Jordan

Ages 17 and 14

Alexandria and Jayden accessed the MYOG to help pay for cheer. Both girls cheer at Twist and Shout All-Stars. Alexandria’s team, the Diamonds, won a full paid bid to the World Championships, and Jayden’s team, the Junior Judges, won a bid to The Summit (The equivalent of the World Championships). Alexandria and Jayden love to volunteer in their spare time and have volunteered with Union Little League cheer and served food at a local food bank.

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LynDee Hammer

Age 13

LynDee accessed the MYOG to attend an educational trip to New York City. LynDee reported that the trip allowed her to experience many different cultures and learn about art and architecture. She was able to learn about immigration and also visit the 9/11 Memorial. She also learned practical knowledge of how people in NYC commute to work and school and purchase groceries. LynDee hopes to do missionary work in her future and feels like this is a steppingstone to travel the world and help others. As a part of the grant, LynDee decided to create her own Service Learning project to complete her Service Learning hours. She did a 2 ½ week drive to collect backpacks and supplies to be donated to a Fostering Hope of Muskogee—an organization that offers assistance to newly placed foster children and their foster families. She collected 20 filled backpacks and other supplies that included diapers and wipes.

The grant is available each fiscal year (October 1st-August 31st) as long as the youth is eligible and funds are available.

  • Driver's Ed and Tutoring - Max $500

  • For tutoring, must provide proof that the child's school does not provide tutoring