Gen-I Overview

Generation Indigenous 

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President Obama has made Indian affairs and investing in the lives of Native American youth a priority for his Administration. After a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in June 2014, that commitment was further emphasized. The President and First Lady are dedicated to improving the lives of Native American youth, and to using their influence to raise awareness of Indian Country and advance efforts to improve the lives of Native children. 

This is why the President launched Generation Indigenous (Gen-I), a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. This initiative will take a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to help improve the lives and opportunities for Native youth and will include: 

  • New Native Youth Community Projects, administered by the Department of Education (ED) through the existing Demonstration Grants Program to provide funding in a select number of Native communities to support culturally relevant coordinated strategies designed to improve the college-and-career readiness of Native children and youth.
  • New National Native Youth Network program in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth. The Youth Network will support leadership development, provide peer support through an interactive online portal that links resources and tools, and empowers youth to become leaders within their communities. CNAY also developed a map of impactful programs and Native American youth leaders creating positive change across Indian Country. The Network Map can be viewed here.
  • The release of the White House Native Youth Report that acknowledges past failures of federal policy on the education of Native students, explores the breadth of the challenges facing Native children, and makes recommendations for a path forward.
  • The launch of the Cabinet Native Youth Listening Tour, which will begin in 2015 as part of the President’s call to hear directly from Native youth on how to bolster federal policies to improve youth outcomes. In addition, the Administration will expand federal outreach on youth internships and employment opportunities across the federal agencies.
  • The first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering to engage hundreds of Native youth in a day-long convening in the summer of 2015.  This gathering builds on the November 2014 Native Youth Conference hosted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the tribal youth visit with President Obama.
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