About the Program
The Building Indigenous Communities of Hope (Building Communities of Hope) is a Fellowship that is designed for Native American youth. This inaugural class of fellows will gain knowledge and support to raise awareness on the impacts of foster care. Fellows will receive a series of intensive trainings, speaking opportunities, and engagements that enhance their advocacy skills. This four-month long fellowship is through the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, NMCAN, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Law Center.
Who can apply?
Native American youth (must be ages 16-26) who have lived experience in foster care are eligible to apply to this fellowship. We strongly encourage Native youth who were or are being served by one of Casey Family Programs 16 partner tribes.
What is lived experience in foster care?
A person with lived experience understands first-hand the unique life journey of people who lived in foster care or out of the home of their primary caregivers (including relative or kin care). They provide priceless perspective and expertise in informing those who wish to improve systems to positively impact the lives of children and families. Lasting transformation occurs when these wise voices are welcomed and heard.
Who are the 16 partner tribes?
The following are Casey Family Partner Tribes:
- Tanana Chiefs Conference
- Kawerak, Inc.
- Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes
- Yakama Nation
- Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
- Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
- Northern Cheyenne Tribe
- Spirit Lake Nation
- Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
- Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
- Navajo Nation
- Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
- Pascua Yaqui Tribe
- Osage Nation
- Muscogee Nation
- White Earth Nation
When is the deadline to apply?
Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.
What is the application process like?
The application has two parts:
- Short response prompt; and
- Optional video or essay submission. *Note: Applications must be completed in one sitting and cannot save and return to the form.