CNAY Hosts Native Youth Bereavement and Grief Convening – October 9, 2013

On Wednesday October 9, 2013, the Center for Native American
Youth (CNAY) hosted the Native American Youth Bereavement and Grief Convening at the
Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. The goal of the convening was the raise
awareness of the high rates of grief and bereavement amongst American Indian
and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth and to expand resources to address these
needs. The convening participants included bereavement and grief experts,
representatives from national organizations doing work in this space, key
stakeholders in Indian Country, tribal leaders, as well as Native youth. By the end of the day, the dynamic group of participants developed inclusive
and achievable strategies and next steps for how to expand needed grief and
bereavement resources to more AI/AN youth.

This convening was one of the final steps of a year-long project the CNAY has been working on regarding bereavement and grief in Indian
Country. In January, the CNAY was awarded a small grant from the New York
Life Foundation to initiate an effort to encourage mutual understanding,
resource exchange, and develop strategies for expanding grief, loss, and
bereavement programming to AI/AN youth.  This project has included
multiple phases, including literature review, engaging partners interviews,
surveys to existing programs, focus groups with providers, roundtables with
Native youth, and a series of key informant interviews. The CNAY looks
forward to sharing the final results and next steps for this project in the
future!

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