Champions for Change

Recognizing Native youth who inspire one another to make a positive impact in their communities


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNAY will not be accepting applications for a 2021 Champions for Change cohort. CNAY is honored that our 2020 Champions for Change will serve an additional year. CNAY staff apologizes for any inconvenience. Applications for the next Champions for Change cohort will be available in the Fall of 2021. All young leaders are encouraged to apply!

Do you know a Native youth leader who would make a great Champion for Change?

We accept nominations from tribal leaders, teachers, school administrators, parents, Native youth and others who know a young Native leader making a positive impact in their tribal or urban Indian community. Once you nominate a young person, CNAY will notify them of their nomination, share the Champions for Change application, and invite the nominee to submit all materials by the application deadline. Nominees are still responsible for submitting a complete application, including two adult recommendations and one peer recommendation.

Still have questions? Contact our team to learn more about the CFC program, application, or nomination process.