Native Youth #OptOutside

The Gen-I #OptOutside Call to Action is part of The Center for Native American Youth’s partnership with REI to continue to build platforms for Native youth leaders to advocate for the protection of lands, sacred sites, and waterways. This collaboration highlights how stewardship of the outdoors is central to the value systems and cultures of indigenous communities across the country. As part of this collaboration, we asked Native youth leaders in the Gen-I network to join REI on the Friday after Thanksgiving to #OptOutside and share with us what nature and the outdoors means to them. Below are some highlights of the 2018 campaign.

Paul Wilson, The Klamath Tribes, 21 years old, Grand Prize Winner 


Mariah Gladstone Named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader

Mariah Gladstone, Champion for Change at The Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs, designed to equip leaders across the country—in every sector and field—to collaborate, break down silos, and use their influence to make communities healthier and more equitable. 


Alec Calac Reflects on White Coat Ceremony

On August 31st, UC San Diego School of Medicine held its 50th annual White Coat ceremony and welcomed 134 students into the medical community in the presence of family, friends, and faculty. Among the newest inductees was a familiar face to CNAY, Gen-I Ambassador Alec Calac (Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians), who is combining his medical training and research expertise to earn an M.D.-Ph.D. dual degree. Here, Alec shares some of his reflections after receiving his first white coat with the Gen-I Network.