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Mendocino College is hosting its 23rd Native American Motivation Day event on Friday, April 24.
The event will run from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and will start at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Building at Mendocino College. The theme of the event is “Four directions to education, culture, family, learning and health” and the event is sponsored by the Mendocino College Foundation.
Lake and Mendocino County seventh through 12th graders will participate at the event. Last year’s event brought in around 168 local students.
The event will host workshops pertaining to learning, culture, health, leadership and family.
Students will also be able to meet with representatives from the University of California-Berkley, California State University-Sacramento, University of California-Davis, University of California-Santa Cruz and Humboldt State University.
The Motivation Day will also feature a variety of speakers and Pomo dancers during lunch.
Lisa N. Ripken (Ojibwe) of Blaine, MN will be the keynote speaker. She is a professional development trainer and speaker. In her professional career she has spoken to over two thousand professional development workshops ranging from corporate boardrooms to high schools.
Using her life story, Lisa weaves a message that with perseverance, fearlessness, and focus you can achieve your dreams despite no matter the odds.
Ripken volunteers as an Executive Council Member for Honoring Women Worldwide and serves as the Chair of the Women’s Hall of Honor Committee, which guides the vision and goal to create a virtual Hall of Honor representing women’s leadership globally.
The Mendocino College American Indian Alliance will follow up by hosting a pow-wow on the Mendocino College track on Saturday April 25 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The Indian Alliance is searching for sponsors to assist with the pow-wow.
All dancers and drummers are welcome to attend. For more information on obtaining a booth at the event, please contact Monica Whipple at (707) 513-6380.
For more information about the event, contact Mendocino College Counseling Assistant Darletta Fulwider at 707-468-3048 or visit www.mendocino.edu.