And Creating a Strong Future for our Native Communities
The Center for Native American Youth believes all Native American youth should lead full and healthy lives, have equal access to opportunity, and draw strength from their culture and one another. As a policy program of the Aspen Institute founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.), we work to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American youth. We do this through youth recognition, inspiration and leadership; research, advocacy, and policy change; serving as a national resource exchange; and by building a Native-youth driven narrative.
CNAY Staffer Attends White House Office of Science and Technology Summit
Leaders from various sectors came together to discuss the administration’s commitments and nationwide push for their Investing in America agenda
CNAY Youth Attend IndigiPop: An Indigenous ComiCon
5 young creatives traveled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to take part in the annual Indigenous Pop Expo known as INDIGIPOP
A spotlight on young Native poet, Danielle Emerson, recent winner of the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award,
Get to know Danielle in this Q&A style interview by Kinsale Drake!
A spotlight on young Native poet, Sareya Taylor, the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Phoenix
Get to know Sareya in this Q&A style interview by Kinsale Drake!
A spotlight on young Native poet, Jesse Begay, who was recently appointed as a National Student Poet, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.
Get to know Jesse in this Q&A style interview by Kinsale Drake!
California Native Youth Collective (CNYC) Ambassadors Convene in California
Native youth ambassadors, nonprofit representatives, state leaders, and other participants from different parts of California traveled to Sacramento, CA, to attend the 2023 California Native Youth Collective (CNYC) retreat and community convening.
Trash Pick Up Day organized by Brave Heart Fellow
Amber Manitowabi-Huebner organized a Trash Pickup Day with the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indian Culture Club for youth ages K-5th grade for their community project.
CNAY Attends Second Annual Aspen Ideas: Climate
CNAY hosted a roundtable, Mobilizing Leading and Building Movement: A Youth Centered Discussion along with Weave: A Social Fabric Project of the Institute
Executive Director, Nikki Santos, travels to Colombia for Festival of the Diaspora
CNAY Executive Director joined global leaders across nearly 40 different economic markers to the Americas to connect, learn, celebrate, and collaborate together
2023 Champs Week Recap Blog
Read all about 2023 Champs Week!
CNAY Announces 2023 Champions for Change Class
Meet the 2023 Champions for Change!
Meet the 2023 YAB Executive Committee!
CNAY Youth Advisory Board announces the 2023 Executive Committee
CNAY Releases 2022 State of Native Youth Report
We are proud to share Native youth truths and stories in Center Us: State of Native Youth Report.
Youth & Tribal Leaders Roundtable
CNAY hosted over 20 Native youth and 11 Tribal leaders from across the country for a roundtable discussion.
Native Youth at the White House Tribal Youth Forum
On Monday, November 14th over a hundred Native youth from across Indian Country convened for the White House Tribal Youth Forum in Washington D.C.!
INSPIRE POSITIVE CHANGE
Youth-led movements strengthen resources for Native youth, building new platforms where they can share their voices, recognize one another and inspire positive change.
LIVE FULL AND HAPPY LIVES
Native youth are finding innovative ways to capitalize on the protective strengths of their rich cultures to address the needs of their peers, families, and entire communities, and turn the tide on intergenerational trauma and poor health.
THE POWER OF TRIBAL CULTURES
The Center for Native American Youth fulfills its mission through four priority strategies: youth inspiration, advocacy, policy change, and serving as a resource platform.