The best advice I was ever able to give to Native American Kids I would talk to on Reservations was that a specific career goal is not as important as getting a well rounded education, and that reading and self education on an ongoing basis is vital.
For kids in SP, a further piece of advice I could give would be to become fluent and comfortable speaking English! Many otherwise smart teenagers I've met would be unemployable in many fields, not due to their inability to speak English, but rather their comfort level when communicating in any language other than Creole?
It's rarely rocket science, it's usually just math: then again if you can't do the math.......
I'll be a little short on time as my flight out of SP is at 2PM, but I could stop by for a while earlier in the morning. I'm a tradesman specializing in residential remodel/restoration and started out as a tile setter when I changed careers 12 years ago. One key point in a skilled trade such as this is mathematics. The Pythagoreum Theorem is used to verify that a line is straight. I do tile lay out mathematically to help determine the best setting pattern. Mixing dry/wet compounds is ratios. Your'e lucky to be on the metric system. Working with fractions is a pain, as in 5/8 - 7/16 = ? (answer is 3/16). Let me know if you have an interest. I'll be leaving for SP on the 14th and be at Banana Beach.