The deadline for New Mexico State University’s 2019 DreamKeepers Summer program is fast approaching. Applications are due Friday, March 15, by 5 p.m.

dreamkeepers tomilee turnerTomilee Turner, left, associate director of Innovative Media Research and Extension, video production department, of New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, shows DreamKeepers participant Valissidy Sam how to use a video camera (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)The week-long free program, sponsored by Indian Resources Development, will be June 16-28 at NMSU’s Main Campus in Las Cruces.

During the week indigenous high school students, who have finished grades 9-12, will explore educational and professional opportunities. 

“Our staff is committed to giving space for the young indigenous people to explore their dreams and goals, and work toward achieving them,” said Kayla Myers, NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences program specialist. “Through fun experiences, the youth will learn about what it is like to be in college and to have careers in the fields of agriculture, consumer sciences, environmental sciences, engineering and business.”

dreamkeepers kathryn mae eilandKathryn-Mae Eiland, graphic designer at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, talks to Native American high school students about creating Internet educational games during the DreamKeepers program tour of the Innovative Media Research and Extension design studio. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)The activities will include:

- College prep activities to assist students in creating a plan to achieve their education goals.
- Introduction to college opportunities and experiences.
- Interactive workshops in agriculture, consumer and environmental sciences, business and engineering.
- Guest presenters from the community, such as Kim Smith of Indigenous Goddess Gang.
- Field trips to nearby organizations, businesses and nature excursions.
- Mentoring and fun activities with indigenous college students.
- Concert, with surprise guests, at the end of the week.

Applications are online at ird.nmsu.edu and may be submitted via fax at 575-646-5975 or email at ird@nmsu.edu.

Recommendation forms from school principals, counselors and teachers are due Wednesday, March 13, by 5 p.m. Forms are available at ird.nmsu.edu.

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