Champs Week In Review

The Champions for Change program is a Native youth leadership initiative designed to highlight positive stories of impact from Indian Country. The program, inspired by a 2011 White House initiative, develops young Native leaders through experience-based learning and tailored advocacy training. Each year, the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute selects five inspirational Native youth, ages 14-24 […]

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Creative Native Art Exhibit

In 2018, the Center for Native American Youth launched its first ever Creative Native call for art to support Indigenous artists ages 5-24 years. On February 26, 2020, the Aspen Institute celebrated the opening of the new Creative Native art exhibition, which will be housed on the 8th floor of The Aspen Institute in Washington, […]

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Day Three & Four: Hill Day Meetings

The Champions began their Hill Day Meetings by appearing with Former Senator Dorgan of North Dakota at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) event. Senator Dorgan then introduced the Champions and welcomed them on stage to share their work and platforms with the audience. After all introductions were finished the Champions were presented with a gift for their accomplishments within their communities.   Following the NCAI recognition, the Champions […]

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Day Two: Champs Week

On Tuesday morning the Champions joined Juan Martinez, director of Fresh Tracks and Christie Wildcat, a Youth Advisory Board member and 2016 Champion for Change. The pair facilitated a workshop titled Community Action Session. The Community Action Session is a workshop that is dedicated to creation action plans for potential projects. Many of the Champions focused on their […]

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