6/12 Gen-I NOW: Native Pathways @ Colorado College

Students in the graduating Class of 2020 are invited to apply for the Native Pathways Summer Program at Colorado College - July 17-19, 2019.

Enjoy 3 days of activities focused on college admissions and planning, major exploration, financial literacy and more! Stay in a dorm, explore campus living, and get first-hand tips from college counselors and faculty. ALL COSTS ARE COVERED, including flight, room and board.

TO APPLY, submit the following materials to jdemko@collegefund.org:

There are 15 openings for the program, which include free flight, room and board for the entirety of the program.

Questions: Contact Jacque Demko at jdemko@collegefund.org



CNAY's Nikki Pitre Gives Keynote at Children & Nature Conference

In May, CNAY Staff Nikki Pitre provided a keynote at the Annual Children & Nature Conference. This year, the conference was hosted in Oakland, California. This conference is a gathering for children and nature activists from around the world. The conference featured keynotes and interactive workshops focused on best practices for increasing equitable access to nature for children, families and communities. The conference offered several tracks including outdoor sessions. 


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 villagetoraiseachild@gmail.com.