The NADC used Go Grant funds to provide eye exams and glasses for Native American Youth.
The Native American Development Corporation (NADC) provides technical assistance, financial lending, and business development services for Native American entrepreneurs in Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. In 2018, NADC established the Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Center to create a model of premier health and wellness services through culturally appropriate care strategies.
How Funds Were Used
- Funds were used for twenty-five eye exam and eye glass vouchers in the amount of $150 each for Native American youth enrolled in Yellowstone County Schools.
- The vouchers were issued based on need as identified by the medical staff at the Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Center (BUIHWC).
- BUIHWC medical staff was able to identify need for a voucher as part of a regular exam, or sports physical. Vouchers will be issued to the first 25 students.
- This grant will positively impact a student’s ability to read, and their ability to qualify to play sports!
- Both of these factors help keep students engaged in school and less likely to have higher rates of absenteeism.
- The students who received vouchers often are being raised in a family experiencing a high rate of poverty, and unemployment.
- The students and their family benefited from an increase their ability to afford an eye exam and glasses.