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Kristin Hellmich 251-359-8554

December 20, 2022

Poarch Band of Creek Indians Partners with AUM Foundation to Support Under-Resourced Female Youth

Photo (L to R): Amber Brown, Demetria Horton & Alka Bhargav with Aum Foundation; Stephanie Bryan – Tribal Chair/CEO, Keith Martin – Tribal Council Member & Robbie McGhee – Tribal Council Vice Chair/Governmental Affairs Officer with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

Huntsville, Alabama – The Poarch Band of Creek Indians showed its support of the Aum Foundation and its work with girls from underserved Alabama communities with a $10,000 donation awarded during Aum’s recent seminar, Learning & Leading for an Inclusive Society. This annual seminar gives girls who are part of Aum Foundation’s Pathway 2 Success program important exposure to ideas and language surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, as well as strategies for resolving differences through communication.

“The partnership with Poarch Band of Creek Indians means a great deal to Aum and the girls it serves. This annual seminar introduces some difficult, but important, ideas to our girls, and it gives them a safe space to discuss complicated concepts. Every year, we see this event make a difference in how the girls interact with each other and in how they start to see the world around them,” says Aum Foundation Executive Director Demetria Horton.

Participants in Aum Foundation’s program are under-resourced high school senior girls in Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, and Selma, AL. To be accepted, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and a teacher recommendation. They are also required to complete an application and interview and to meet household income requirements.

“We are proud to partner with Aum Foundation to help create opportunities for high school girls to learn new ways to become more inclusive and navigate today’s world,” said Stephanie Bryan, Tribal Chair/CEO of Poarch Band of Creek Indians. “Many girls in Alabama don’t always have a clear path to developing important life skills, and the caring professionals at the Aum Foundation help fill that gap and put these young ladies on a path to success in the workplace and beyond.”


About Aum Foundation
Aum Foundation works with communities in Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, and Selma to eliminate the unique obstacles under-resourced high school girls face in pursuing generational prosperity. Through our program, students embark on a 10-month life-changing journey where they are given access to economic, emotional, and educational skills that will help them in higher education and to become high-potential workforce candidates. Learn more.

About the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama. From hospitality to aerospace, we continue to operate in a variety of industries across the World. Read more about our Tribe at