Monumental Change 

The Riley Foundation 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 service project. 
This School was chosen to receive 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 worked 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.
To raise $15,000 to for the Hogan and food, clothing and learning supplies for the school.