On Monday, November 19, 2012 Senator Byron Dorgan, the founder and chairman of the Center for Native American Youth, announced the launch of a new initiative called Champions for Change. Champions for Change, a spin-off of a White House program, will shine a spotlight on inspirational Native youth stories in an effort to raise positive awareness and promote hope in Indian Country.
The announcement took place at an event titled, “Celebrating Native Voices: Native Youth – Our Future, Our Inspiration” at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. Senator Dorgan moderated a panel-discussion with two inspiring youth – Tessa Baldwin and WhiteSun Yazzie – and a journalist and Center board Patty Talahongva. The event was a great success, with nearly 100 attending in person and hundreds of youth and others watching live via webcast. Special guests included Charlie Galbraith (White House), Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Director of the Indian Health Service Yvette Roubideaux, Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins, Administration for Native Americans Commissioner Lillian Sparks.
To watch a video of the event please visit: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/video/celebrating-native-american-voices-native-youth-our-future-our-inspiration. Event photos are available at: http://cnay.org/Photos.php#2012_HM_Event.
Big thank you to the Aspen Institute and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for their early support of this effort!