Nov 15 State of Native Youth Report Release

On November 15, CNAY celebrated Native American Heritage Month by releasing its second annual State of Native Youth report, centered on the intersection of Native identities and civic engagement.   


CNAY Staff Joins 2nd Annual Intertribal Youth Suicide Prevention Summit

Monday, September 25, 2017, Anacortes, WA Continuing the success of the first Intertribal Youth Suicide Prevention Summit initatiated by the Lummi Nation, the Swinomish Youth Council in Northwest Washington state hosted the event for a second consecutive year in their community. With the theme, "I Choose Life; Embracing Your Sacredness," this year's summit brought together over 50 Native youth from neighborhing tribes and communities. 


Champions for Change Application NOW OPEN!

The Center for Native American Youth's Champions for Change (CFC) program is designed to recognize positive youth-led efforts, share stories of inspiration, and help young leaders develop their advocacy skills. The CFC program gives Native youth a national platform to:

  • Educate new stakeholders about the challenges and strengths of Native communities,
  • Lift up youth perspectives on the issues they find most important,
  • Celebrate their innovative ideas and hard work to tackle tough issues, and
  • Receive support and encouragement to help them grow as strong leaders and advocates.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 class of Champions for Change! Apply today or share the application with other young Native leaders in your network. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 10, 2017.


Champions for Change:

  • Identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, and/or Native Hawaiian;
  • Are between 14 and 23 years old at the time of their application; and
  • Demonstrate leadership and service within their communities.


*Note that all of the following materials must be submitted online by November 10, 2017.

  • Youth Application
  • Adult Recommendation Form #1
  • Adult Recommendation Form #2
  • Peer Recommendation Form

Click here to begin a new application!

Contact or (202) 736-2905 with questions.




CNAY and NIGA Co-host 2017 Gen-I Native Youth Summer Networking Reception

Thursday, July 20, 2017, Washington, D.C. — For the second consecutive summer, the Center for Native American Youth co-hosted the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Native Youth Summer Networking Reception to give Native youth working, interning, and visiting the DC-Maryland-Virginia area the chance to connect with each other and Native young professionals making their career in the nation’s capital. This year, CNAY partnered with the National Indian Gaming Association who provided the space to facilitate the networking event.