The 104-page curriculum is directly linked to the sacred cycle of water in its various forms during the fall, winter, spring and summer seasons. Along with inclement weather conditions in natural settings, examples of water forms are frozen snow, flowing river water and cooling rain. As participants experience the 1-year program cycle they are asked to develop ideas and action that serve’s their community. These ideas evolve with program participation, culminating with commitment to action that is guided by mentors. The community service project is an action that harvests the experience of youth and participants sowing seeds of knowledge for the future.
Each Extreme Sport activity involves culturally connected mentors who facilitate discussions about individual and community core values, hope and optimism for the future, examples of self-determination and self-esteem, and involves decision-making that promotes a positive life trajectory. Evidence-based findings has shown this program decreases depression symptoms and increases coping mechanisms known to be important for improving intrapersonal social and community connections, and improve interpersonal skills through leadership and self-esteem all of which fosters important self-regulation for long term outcomes.
All activities within RezRIDERS occur under the leadership of mentors who partner with extreme sport professionals for maximum safety. By participating alongside tribal youth, community mentors also uncover their own inherent strengths, while working to develop tribal specific versions of their own program. The element of challenge is a new version of the old ways that many tribes are familiar with; it is the idea that we Indians must challenge ourselves in natural environments – to learn individually and collectively. From these positive experience we directly return benefit back to our communities by addressing community challenges. RezRIDERS reminds Indian Country about the resilience and strength that is built into every Indian man, woman and child.