Through a grant from the USDA, called New Beginning for Wabanaki Students (NBWS), the University of Maine Wabanaki Center and the Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) program have funding to support mentorships and internships for Wabanaki students.
There are two distinct programs. Kinap Mentorships are available to college-age students (upper level undergraduates or graduate students) who will be mentors to younger students at UMaine and in their tribal communities.
WaYS Internships are also available for all Wabanaki students–high school and college age–living in Maine. Students will collaborate with advisors to design an internship project in an area of concern to them and to their tribal community. Their project advisors will include a Cultural Knowledge Keeper from the Wabanaki community and a western researcher or professional. Other advisors can be included.