Building Communities of Hope  

Creating transformation through resilience and culture  

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 ProgramsNMCAN, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Law Center 

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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:   

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: 

  1. Short response prompt; and   
  2. Optional video or essay submission.   *Note: Applications must be completed in one sitting and cannot save and return to the form. 

Want to learn more? 

Visit our frequently asked questions page or email Senior Program Associate, Jen Peacock at