Youth Empowerment Services for Dine Bikeyah Inc

Teec Nos Pos, AZ   |  http://www.navajoyes.org

Mission

To promote community wellness, lifelong fitness and youth empowerment in communities across the Navajo Nation.

Notes from the nonprofit

NavajoYES is dedicated to promoting healthy communities and fit families on the Navajo Nation. We hope that you will join us for an event, some bike restoration or trail work. It is an exciting on the Nation and we look forward to great, healthy times ahead!

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Tom Riggenbach

Main address

PO Box 1487

Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514 USA

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EIN

86-0776975

NTEE code info

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dine' Bike Project

The Dine' Bike Project is a bike project that encourages healthy living and family togetherness. One element is a bike restoration program through which we receive donated used bike, restore them and share with Dine' families and schools. We also organize the five-event Tour de Rez Cup Series in communities across the rez. Finally, we facilitate Cycle Kids programs in elementary schools on the Nation Nation.

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Spearheaded by NavajoYES in 2015, the Navajo Trails Task Force helps chapters and tribal parks in the development, support and promotion of trails on the Navajo Nation. In 2020, the Task Force published the first Navajo Trails Guide. An annual trail conference and monthly meetings are among the task force's efforts to support the trail movement on the Nation. The team is now working on developing long-distance route in the Chuska Mountain, and is trying to steer the Nation toward the restoration of a rail-to-trail route in the western rez.

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The Navajo Parks Race Series is a series of nine events in the tribal parks throughout the year. The runs include 5K trail races, ultras, half marathons, 10Ks, team events, fun runs and marathons, all set in stellar venues: Monument Valley, Four Corners, Window Rock, Chuska Mountains, Shiprock and LCR. The Series promotes community wellness, while allowing participants (both locals and visitors) a chance to experience the tribal parks and wonders of Dine' Bikeyah.

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The roots of NavajoYES are in outdoor adventures, dating back to the early 90's. We have led over 300 outings for youth and families in some of the wonders of the rez: Rainbow Bridge, Navajo Mountain, Carrizo Mountains, Black Mesa, Little Colorado River Gorge and Grand Canyon. Whether backpacking, mountain biking, hiking or xc skiing, the outings provide unique, positive experiences as well as opportunities for service.

Population(s) Served

The NavajoYES team loves to visit schools, chapters and community events to share the message of good health and family togetherness through community wellness. We speak at banquets, health fairs, chapter meetings, classrooms or any other platform to which you invite us! We also have initiated the Navajo Code Talker art project, which has led to original paintings by local artists and the distribution of tens of thousands of posters based on these paintings.

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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics 2021

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our various programs each have somewhat unique, though often overlapping audiences. Generally, all of our programs primarily serve residents of the Navajo Nation - youth, families, community members and schools. The Dine' Bike Project, our school/community outreach and our youth adventures are nearly 100% native participants. Through out Navajo Parks Race Series and Tour de Rez Cup Series, we also reach folks from off-reservation who come to the rez for these events and/or to hike and ride the trails.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    NavajoYES and our trails programs leads trail efforts on the Navajo Nation. As a results of a social media post that we had made, we recently had a concern expressed regarding a segment of trail that had become hazardous for trail users. As a result of this expressed concern, we visited the site with a trail coordinator and a cultural resource consultant, and developed a plan to address the concern when spring arrives at that location. The outcome will be a significantly improved trail experience for all trail users.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    "Empowerment" is part of our formal name and it is a key element in all that we do. Providing participants in our program a chance to provide feedback and make suggestions/recommendations has been an important part of our organization. It makes us more responsive to the population that we serve, and it has allowed them to realize that they have a legitimate seat the table, and that their voice will be heard.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Youth Empowerment Services for Dine Bikeyah Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sharon Sandoval

Chase Yazzie

Nealsa Curley

Bernadine Greyeyes

Irene Dayzie

Betty Charley-Hawley

Irvina Ellison

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Organizational demographics

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