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.
The Center for Native American Youth Podcast!
CNAY is pleased to announce the release of our podcast now available on Anchor, Spotify and Apple Podcast.
Creative Native Winners Announced
The Center for Native American Youth Announces the 2021 Creative Native Call for Art Winners
Meet Inaugural Cohort of Building Indigenous Communities of Hope Fellows
The Building Indigenous Communities of Hope Fellowship is a program for Native American youth who are working to raise awareness on the impacts of foster care in tribal communities.
ROS Convening in New Mexico
During the last week of October, from all parts of Indian Country, the fellows and CNAY staff travelled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to convene in person for the first time since the launch of the fellowship
A Reckoning in Representation with Paulina Alexis
CNAY held a virtual zoom with Paulina Alexis in celebrating the rise of Indigenous representation for Native American Heritage Month.
The Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Growing Into Wowachinyepi train at the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C
CRYP youth visited the Capitol, visit with enamors, and develop their leadership skills with CNAY at the Aspen Institute 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.