Center Us: A Native Youth Survey

Using Indigenized research practices to recognize and empower Native communities

About Center Us

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) proudly launched Center Us: A Native Youth Survey with the goal of gathering data to better understand the strength, resiliency, and priorities of Native American youth across the nation. Through this survey, Native youth have the opportunity to define their needs regarding leadership, education, cultural resources, mental health, civic engagement, and more. The survey was made possible through partnership with the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI). The institute is dedicated to decolonizing data to create opportunities for cultural restoration, data stewardship and collaborative partnerships. As a society, we have a collective responsibility to the future generations. It is CNAY’s hope that the future of Indigenous data reflects Native youth participating in data collection and ensuring data sovereignty. Through this participation Native youth perspective will continue to be uplifted and at the forefront of decisions affecting Native youth. Through the Center Us survey, the bright future our youth wish to create is looked to by centering their voice.