Monumental Change 

The Riley Foundation has partnered with Ascend Alumni volunteers to make a difference for children attending Tse' Bii' Nidzisgai Elementary in Monument Valley Utah! Watch a video about this ongoing service project. 
 
Giving Tuesday November 28th 2017 
 
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, and this year we are giving the gift of warmth!!
 
We are raising funds to buy 268 NorthFace jackets for every kid in this school.  The winter gets pretty harsh in the Monument Valley area.  If you would like to sponsor a jacket for $50.00 or contribute any amount donate HERE.  Write "Give Warmth" in the comment section when making your donation to designate the funds to this cause.
 
 
This School has been chosen to receive our support efforts due to the high incidence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) reported by children in this area of Utah.  According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ACE's are stressful or traumatic events during childhood including abuse, neglect and dysfunction that have lasting impacts through a person's lifespan.  
90% of attending children at this elementary score high on tests that measure ACEs.
 
The Impact of ACEs
 
ACEs are strongly associated with a wide variety of health issues throughout an individual's lifetime, including...
 
  • Higher risk behaviors
  • Chronic health disorders
  • Low quality of life and potential
  • Early death
In addition to other ACEs, 95% of children at this school are also considered homeless (living with extended family members or in inadequate facilities).
 
 Hogan Build
 
Our volunteers with the Monumental Change Project are working with local social workers, teachers and community leaders to plan and build a traditional Hogan for Tse' Bii' Nidzisgai Elementary School.
 
 
 
The purpose of the Hogan 
 
The Hogan will serve as a safe space where children can work with their teachers, social workers and mentors on building resources for coping and emotional regulation
 
Research suggests that many things can help improve adjustment and coping for children impacted by ACEs including...
 
  • Close ties to cultural heritage
  • Access to nurturing adults either inside or outside of the family
  • Ability to ask for help
  • Hobbies and extracurricular activities
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Curiosity about the world. (Caselman, 2015)
It is our hope that this Hogan will serve as a supportive space where natural and learned resiliencies can grow and thrive.
 
OUR GOAL
To raise $15,000 to for the Hogan and food, clothing and learning supplies for the school.
 
 
 
 
 
Ways to Donate
 
You can make monetary donations of any denomination here, simply write "Monumental Change" in the comment section to designate your contribution to this project.
 
Local residents can also donate..
 
New/used clothes for ages pre-k to 6th grade
Personal hygiene products (oral care, deodorant, brushes/combs, feminine hygiene products etc.)
Soda pop tops.  
To find a drop-off location email lauren@rileyutah.org or mallie@ascendrecovery.com.
 
You can read more about this project by visiting the Monumental Change Facebook page.  Feel Free to "Like" their page, which will keep you up to date on this long-term service adventure.