Connecting Native youth to resources, and building platforms to advocate, recognize, and inspire.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP
Native youth are in the best position to inspire their peers to create positive change in their communities. That’s why we provide platforms that recognize inspiring actions being led by youth across the country. CNAY’s Champions for Change program acknowledges and enhances the ability of youth to overcome and address challenges, engage a wide array of stakeholders to strengthen systems of support, and inspire their Native peers to be vocal advocates for themselves and their communities. CNAY also manages the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) National Native Youth Network, which uses the Gen-I Challenge – a call to action to create youth-led positive change in Native communities – as an entry point to a growing community of Native youth leaders who support one another, share resources, and engage with CNAY to take advantage of ongoing advocacy opportunities.
90% of all AI/AN students attend regular public schools and about 8% attend schools administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
"Learning to read is critical to a child's success both in school and in life. For this reason I view the importance of books to children's literacy is being the most critical challenge for our youth and this barrier is well established."