Ambassadors represent their communities and peers, and volunteer to share perspectives on critical issues in Indian Country.

Youth Ambassadors come to us through various channels, including as Gen-I Challenge Takers, Native youth delegates to the White House Tribal Nations Conference and Tribal Youth Gathering, and through our Champions for Change program. View the Gen-I Network Map to find Ambassadors in your area.

Become an Ambassador!


What Do Ambassadors Do?

We work with Ambassadors to develop their leadership and advocacy skills, and provide national platforms for them to share their stories. Most importantly, Ambassadors inspire one another, creating ripples of positive change throughout the country in the following ways:

  • Elevate Youth Voices. Ambassadors will become recognized leaders. CNAY and other Gen-I partners regularly invite Ambassadors to speak publicly, assist with visits to tribal and urban Indian communities, and join communications efforts (op-eds, blog posts, social media campaigns) to elevate the youth perspective and priorities into media outlets.
  • Find Pathways to Opportunity. Ambassadors have incredible opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills, as well as receive up-to-date information about scholarships, internships, and job announcements.
  • Connect with other Native Youth. Building cross-cultural and inter-tribal connections between Native youth is an important element of the Ambassador network. Ambassadors will receive the tools to develop lasting relationships and create a strong foundation of young advocates across Indian Country.

For Current Ambassadors

Ambassadors can actively stay involved with the Gen-I Network in the following ways: