Arizona Humanities Community Partner Award: A collaborative effort supporting Native American youth

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Mesa, Arizona – Morning Star Leaders is an AH Project Grant recipient. Royce and Debbie Manuel encourage Native youth to learn, engage and become leaders in their tribe through the Morning Star Leader program. Everywhere they go, Royce and Debbie acknowledge AH and invite people to learn more about the work we do. Royce and Debbie have been strong contributors to the AZ Speaks program for the past three years, and in particular present to high school students through Speaker in the Schools. They received an AH grant for the Bow and Arrow Project in 2017, a unique hands-on educational program that teaches teens about all aspects of the cultural tradition, history, and importance of bow-making in Native culture.

Morning Star Leaders Youth Council learns about philanthropy at ACF

“The Arizona Community Foundation recently enjoyed the privilege of hosting a learning circle from the Morning Star Leaders Youth Council, a group of young Native Americans representing various tribes throughout Arizona.”

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A charitable, non-profit corporation


The Morning Star Leaders (MSL) Inc. is a charitable, non-profit corporation devoted to urban tribal youth in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Formed on February 28, 2013, under the laws of the State of Arizona to advocate, promote, and coordinate youth related initiatives, the Foundation serves inter-tribal youth from all areas of the greater Phoenix metropolitan valley.

In addition, the MSL works to provide leadership opportunities to improve the lives of urban tribal youth by promoting culturally based teachings through higher education, health and wellness, community building and volunteerism. We also promote networking through relationship building, social activities, personal development training, artistic pursuits, and cultural performances.

Our hope is to enhance the lives of tribal urban youth in under served communities by engaging them with tools youth need for lifetime success.

We welcome all people, youth, and supporters to join our organization and become a fellow Morning Star Leader.