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 18-24) who have lived experience in foster care and were or are being served by one of Casey Family Programs 16 partner tribes.
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.