Center for Native American Youth Staff is Recognized with the “Native American 40 Under 40” award
Raphaelito, program associate at the Center, receives award from
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in Tulsa,
Oklahoma on November 15, 2012.
Washington, DC, November, 15 2012 —-
Josie Raphaelito, program associate at the Center for Native American
Youth at the Aspen Institute was selected as a recipient of the “Native
American 40 Under 40” award from the National Center for American Indian
Enterprise Development (NCAIED) at NCAIED’s 37th Annual Indian Progress
in Business Awards ceremony. The award acknowledges emerging American
Indian and Alaska Native leaders who have demonstrated initiative and
dedication to achieve significant contributions to Native communities
“To be recognized as a leader for my work with and for Indian
Country at the Center for Native American Youth is an absolute honor. I
am looking forward to connecting with these other young leaders to find
ways to collaborate and continue to make a difference in the lives of
Native youth,” commented Josie Raphaelito.
Josie Raphaelito was nominated for the award by Ivy
Wright-Bryan, the director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Native
American Mentoring Initiative. As a result of her work at the Center for
Native American Youth, Josie was invited to join a new advisory council
at Big Brothers Big Sisters, alongside tribal leaders and other
champions for Native youth.
“I am very proud of Josie. She is clearly making a difference,
one youth at a time. Her passion and dedication to improving the lives
of Native American youth deserves this recognition,” said former US
Senator Byron Dorgan.
The Center launched in early 2011 when Senator Dorgan donated
$1 million of leftover campaign funds. Josie Raphaelito served as an
intern from the early days and was hired full-time immediately after
graduating with her Master’s in Public Health from The George Washington
University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. She has been
promoted several times, currently serving as the program associate.
“Josie is a critically important
part of the Center for Native American Youth. The organization and our
team would not be where it is today without Josie’s positive energy,
motivation and leadership. I am honored to be a colleague with such an
inspirational person,” commented the Center’s director, Erin Bailey.
The Center for Native American Youth
is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of
Native American youth through communication, policy development and
advocacy. Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan in February 2011,
the Center is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered
in Washington, DC. The Center
works to strengthen and create new connections, as well as exchange
resources and best practices that address the challenges facing Native
youth. Visit the Center’s website for a
comprehensive list of resources available to young Native Americans,
tribes and the general public. For more information, visit www.cnay.org
The Aspen Institute is
an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC.
Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to
provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The
Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye
River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City
and an international
network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.
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