CNAY Staff Nikki Pitre Attends In Solidarity Conference

In May, CNAY Staff Nikki Pitre was invited to facilitate a deep-dive session as well as provide a closing keynote at the In Solidarity We Rise Conference in Atlanta, GA. In Solidarity is hosted by the National Crittenton, an organization who catalyzes social and systems change for girls and young women impacted by chronic adversity, violence and injustice. In Solidarity is a national convening of young leaders, advocates, social service professionals, community-based organizations and policy makers. The gathering includes a variety of opportunities to learn, engage and connect. The conference offers deep-dive learning sessions, interactive sessions, trainings, an exhibit hall and a self-care room.The focus of the conference includes: healing, opportunity and justice.

Nikki was joined by Kendra Becenti (Navajo), Mykel Johnston (Nez Perce), and Representative Ruth Buffalo (Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara). In the deep-dive, Nikki spoke of the work of CNAY and the importance of creating safe spaces for young women and girls. Kendra discussed the intergenerational trauma and mis-representation of indigenous women in the media. Mykel provided a presentation on her Fresh Tracks Community Action Plan, which was a walk to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The event hosted on her college campus, Washington State University, raised awareness and brought together other college groups and clubs for cross-cultural awareness and healing space. The event was called “Taken, Not Forgotten”. Representative Buffalo discussed legislation she has worked on in North Dakota, as well as what it was like to serve as a searcher for Savannah LaFontaine-Greywind.

The four provided closing remarks on a panel to bring awareness of the missing and murdered indigenous women and girl’s crisis. The panel shared data provided by Urban Indian Health Institute’s report as well as legislation including Savannah’s Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019.The women shared their experiences, and most importantly, the resiliency of indigenous women. The panel closed with a call to action: to take care of one another and to speak words of kindness and love to one another.

CNAY thanks National Crittenton for their partnership and including this important topic in their conference.



5/29 Gen-I NOW: Village to Raise a Child Program

Village to Raise a Child is a program established by the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative that identifies and nurtures five young social entrepreneurs from around the world. These five students—called “Global Trailblazers”—are selected via a global competition that searches for the most inspiring high school students with the most innovative ideas from countries around the globe. These students spend one funded week at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to develop their projects and leadership skills and pitch their project to the annual Igniting Innovation Summit. In addition, winners meet social entrepreneurs in the Greater Boston Area, partake in workshops pertaining to the different aspects of leading a social enterprise, and attend classes and learn more about life at Harvard/in an American university.


  • Must be enrolled in high school; and
  • Must have an innovative idea or recently initiated project that attempts to solve a community-wide problem.

To Register: Click here and complete the application form, including:

  • Name;
  • Contact information; and
  • Project/idea information via short essays.

Questions? If you have questions, please email



2019 MBF D.C. Convening

May 7-9, 2019 - The Center for Native American Youth welcomed the inaugural class of the Movement Builder Fellowship to Washington D.C. for their final convening. Austin Weahkee, Jarrette Werk, Maka Monture, Michael Charles, and JoRee LaFrance participated in various training sessions on advocacy, communications, press and media, project management, and grassroots fundraising. 


5/22 Gen-I NOW: NAFOA Academy

The Academy is a one-of-a-kind program that offers three levels of coursework for Native youth to prepare and support their early career development. Levels 100 and 200 will be conducted online, and are free and open to eligible youth. Level 300 is the onsite NAFOA Leadership Summit. Academy students must complete Levels 100 and 200 to be eligible to apply to level 300.

Registration for Academy 100 & 200 begins on May 20, 2019.

*Registration for Academy 300 is for those Native youth who have completed Academy 100 & 200.


  • Self-identifying Native American youth between the ages of 18-24

To Register: Click here and complete the registration form, including:

  • Name;
  • Contact information;
  • Tribal affiliation;
  • Education experience; and
  • Consent.

Questions? If you have questions, please email or visit the FAQ page.