Mac Hall

McClellan (Mac) Hall is the Founder of The National Indian Youth Leadership Project. A former teacher and principal of two tribal schools, Mac describes the focus of NIYLP as Positive Youth Development, based on traditional wisdom and values common to Indigenous people across North America. The core of NIYLP programming is outdoor adventure (hiking, backpacking, ropes course, rappelling, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking) etc., reconnecting contemporary Indigenous youth with the Natural World. Service Learning is a cornerstone of NIYLP’s work, with cultural themes and activities blended throughout. The original camp model has evolved into a year-round program, with both in-school and out of school programming, a curriculum, lesson plans and serious evaluation results, from over 25 years of qualitative and quantitative evaluation. Project Venture has been implemented in over 25 states, multiple sites in 8 Canadian provinces, as well as with Native Hawaiian youth.


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