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.
Calm Before the Storm Leadership
In early July, the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) named the Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Calm Before the Storm leaders.
Youth Leader Lexie James writes a blog piece
“Mental health was never something that was explained to me. It was never something I could freely talk about. So, I decided we need to talk about it, we need to have these hard discussions so that we don’t lose any more of our people.”
This advisory board consists of Native youth leaders, from across the nation, dedicated to the center’s mission of improving the health, safety and overall well-being of the Native American youth population.
The Building Indigenous Communities of Hope Fellowship
The Fellowship at the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute is designed for Native American youth (ages 18-24) who have lived experience in the foster care system. The extended deadline to apply is September 13, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
Cheyenne River Youth Project Visit
The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) traveled to the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) in Eagle Butte, South Dakote located on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
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.