Neah Bay: Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures

An exciting long-term project working with Native youth in Neah Bay


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Deadline: Rolling Deadline throughout Summer 2022

Learn more about the program below. If you have questions, email

What is Telling Our Stories?

Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures is year-long mentorship program built on a twenty-year partnership between UW Riverways Education Partnerships and Neah Bay Elementary School in the Makah Indian Nation. Through this program, UW undergraduates mentor fifth graders, encouraging them to envision their futures. The fifth graders learn about pathways to higher education, and explore career paths where they can live, lead and thrive in Neah Bay after graduation.

Using oral histories, digital storytelling and photography, UW students will learn about the rich history and culture of the Makah Indian Nation while mentoring fifth grade students in the creation of a digital storytelling that celebrates their culture and identifies pathways to meaningful careers in their own community.

Why should you join Telling Our Stories?

  • Spend 2 weeks in Neah Bay working with elementary school students
  • Gain mentoring experience
  • Learn about Makah culture and history
  • Earn up to 12 I&S credits

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