Nov. 6 NOW Email: Apply Today – Champions for Change at CNAY!

Mi’chukssuss! (Hello in the Miwok language)

The Champions for Change 2014 application
is now available! The Champions for Change
(CFC) program at the Center for Native American Youth
(CNAY), inspired by a 2011 White House initiative, is designed to recognize
and encourage Native American youth (ages 14 to 22) who are creating positive
change in their tribal or urban Indian communities. This CNAY 
program is as an effort to shine a
spotlight on inspirational stories and promote hope in Indian Country.

We invite youth to apply to be a
Champion for Change!
can include individuals who initiate programs, events, or other efforts to
improve the lives of fellow Native youth and Indian Country. Check out the NEW video from our
2013 Champions
to hear about their experiences in the program. 

CNAY invites you to get creative! The application includes questions that may
be answered in an essay or video form, and requires three recommendation
forms (two adult and one from a peer). 

What happens for those selected as CFC finalists? 
will be notified and announced by CNAY in February 2014. The five CFC
finalists will be recognized in the following ways: 

  • Certificate of Recognition and medal;
  • All-expense-paid trip with a chaperone to
    Washington, DC for the national recognition events in March 2014;
  • Opportunity to participate in mentor pairing
    coordinated by CNAY;
  • Invitation to join the inaugural CFC class to serve
    a two-year term on the CNAY Youth Advisory Board; and
  • Eligible for consideration for a future visit from a
    member of the CNAY Board of Advisors
    to their home community to share more about their initiative for change. 

Visit the Center’s CFC page to access the online application or
and find out
more information about the program, application process, and our 2013 CFCs.

Application Deadline: January 3, 2013

We encourage you to visit our website ( for a comprehensive list of
available resources (scholarships, fellowships, summer programs, grant
opportunities, etc.). Thank you for your continued support and interest in
the Center for Native American Youth.

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Email us back and let us know what types of Native youth
opportunities you are looking for and we can be sure to include them in
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for Native American Youth

About the Center
Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan, the
Center is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered in
Washington, DC. While a part of The Aspen Institute, the Center is also
overseen by a Board of Advisors. The goal of the Center is to bring greater
national attention to the issues facing Native American youth, and to foster
solutions, with special emphasis on youth suicide prevention.
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