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 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!
Read about the week-long virtual gathering of the Remembering Our Sisters Fellows
2023 Remembering Our Sisters Week Recap Blog is live!
Kaliko Kalahiki, YAB Chair and 2022 Champion for Change, shares about their time in Washington D.C.
Listen to Kaliko's reflections about their time in Washington D.C. for the WHTYF and WHTNS.
Meet the 2023 YAB Executive Committee!
CNAY Youth Advisory Board announces the 2023 Executive Committee
CNAY is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of Brave Heart Fellows!
Meet the first ever cohort of Brave Heart Fellows
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.
Attending the White House Tribal Nations Summit
Anthony Tamez shares his experience at Biden Administrations' 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit in Washington DC.
Announcing 2022 Creative Native Winners
CNAY is proud and honored to announce the 2022 Creative Native Call for Art Competition winners!
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.!
Fellows passionate about transforming the foster care system convene in DC!
Let's Talk About Indigenous Representation!
On today’s episode we talk with our special guest writer, comedian, and actress, Jana Schmieding about the struggles of breaking into the film industry as a Native person.
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.