As part of the President's "Generation Indigenous" initiative, we -- the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute -- are building a National Native Youth Network to provide a sustainable platform to reach out, engage, and provide educational and economic opportunities for Native youth. The network provides a framework for connecting with youth leaders, resources that focus attainment of higher education, entrepreneurship training, mentoring, and a platform to integrate Native youth voices into the national dialogue.
Building a platform to elevate youth voices;
Increasing Native youth access to information about educational and economic resources and opportunities, including scholarships, training, mentors, and support; and
Connecting Native youth with each other across the country.
Components of the Network:
Youth Ambassadors: individuals who will serve as spokespersons for Gen-I and CNAY and act as community liaisons to share resources and opportunities with peers and communities
Challenge to Youth: a challenge to individuals and groups create positive changes among their peers and within their communities by volunteering or becoming mentors for other youth