My name is Will Meier and I am one of the volunteers at Native Youth Standing Strong in Sioux City, Iowa. Native Youth Standing Strong (NYSS) is a nonprofit youth group that meets weekly in Sioux City. Over the years NYSS has partner with NICC on several activities. Jim Hallum, Jackie Hahn, Pierre Merritt and many alumni have been instrumental in the partnering relationship between NICC and NYSS. On Halloween of this year NYSS and NICC once again partnered to create a special night for the youth in our community.

Due to Jackie Hahn and Jim Hallums efforts we were able to give out one pumpkin to each of the youth that attended the program. We have over 100 people in attend-ance. We had a nice snack that night and then we then painted the pumpkins and had a pumpkin painting contest where several cash prizes were handed out.

The night was a huge success with many smiles all around. I want to thank NICC and the staff for the great partnership. We at NYSS look forward to our continuing partner-ship with NICC and making our community a better place for all.

This Program is funded in part by a Nebraska Indian Community College Tribal College Grant, Project New Dawn, supported by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under grant Award No. 2014-47002-22149.