The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians is very proud of our youth’s achievements throughout the years and would like to celebrate these achievements. It truly does take a village to raise and encourage today’s young ones as they prepare to enter the modern era through accomplishments in education, athleticism, and the arts. We hope to chronicle man of these and look forward to seeing our leaders of tomorrow take shape. You can contact our youth coordinator at: Youthprograms@mesagrandeband-nsn.gov

2016 Summer Food Service Program (Ages 1-18)

Please join us at the Housing Office for a FREE lunch every day of the week!

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Sponsored by the USDA and Feeding America, the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians is proud to offer FREE lunches to the youth ages 1-18 years Monday through Friday 12 noon to 1pm. This will go through June 20th 2016 to August 9th 2016 during the summer break!

The Housing Office is located at 27000 Black Canyon Road, Ramona CA 92065 and is OPEN Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.

Intertribal Sports

Intertribal Sports began in southern California in the Fall of 2002 when representatives from Viejas, Barona, and SCTCA’s North County Community Resource Center recognized a need for an organized, semi-competitive youth sports league. A meeting was called and a few dedicated individuals acted on this need and created the Inter Tribal Flag Football League. Five teams from four organizations participated in that inaugural season. Determined to keep the momentum going following the early success, those involved began planning for a youth basketball and softball seasons. At that time, the ITFFL was renamed Inter Tribal Sports, or ITS. All three sports leagues were consistently offered year after year, with new tribes and tribal organization joining every season.

The organization operated successfully in this grass-roots manner for five years. However, as the service area expanded, it was recognized that the more structure would be necessary to accommodate the rapid growth and to meet the demand for organized youth sports from the tribal communities. An intense two-day planning meeting was held in February 2007, at which time the ITS Board of Directors was officially created and the organization drafted its mission statement, vision, and bylaws and elected officers. Shortly thereafter, ITS became incorporated and gained 501(c)(3)non-profit status. The administrative branch of ITS was created in 2009 to assist and alleviate some of the growing burden and workload on the board, with a primary function of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Since its inception, Inter Tribal Sports has served an estimated 3,000 youth from 22 tribal communities and currently serves over 1,000 youth per year. In addition to the three initial sports and soccer, which was added in 2011, ITS offers a wealth of enriching programs, including cultural gatherings, sports camps, group outings, and leadership activities.




Education Opportunities

Education of our youth is of upmost importance and we would love to see all of them succeed in their chosen fields of interest. The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians are proud to offer a yearly scholarship up to $3000 per student who qualifies.

For more information on scholarships click on this link : http://mesagrandeband-nsn.gov/mesa-grande-education-committee/