CNAY and Champions for Change Announce CFC Toolkit for Indian Country!

During the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY)’s
November 12 public event, “Native American Youth Impacting Our World” the
CNAY’s five Native youth Champions for Change (CFC) announced the development
of a  CFC Toolkit for communities in Indian Country to create their own
Champions for Change initiatives! The toolkit was developed as a resource to
share ideas about how communities can recognize young Native American leaders who are
creating positive change. Visit the CFC Toolkit link to download the PDF packet
or contact the CNAY team to learn more!

CFC Toolkit Purpose & Description.

This “Champions for Change Toolkit” was developed to
encourage local tribal and urban Indian communities to recognize and celebrate
Native American youth leaders across the nation. Since the Center was founded
in 2011, our team has held over 75 roundtables in over a dozen different states
to hear directly from Native youth, tribal leaders, programs and other
community leaders about the diversity of challenges and successes facing young
people in Indian Country. From these conversations, the Center learned that
Native youth feel like there is more bad news than good news about tribal and
urban Indian communities. We have also heard that youth want to be encouraged more
by their family members, teachers, tribal leaders and others in the community. 

The most inspirational parts of these visits to Indian Country occur when the CNAY staff hears Native youth recognize successes of their peers. However, all too often we hear youth
say that they feel bombarded by negative statistics about Native Americans and it is clear that racism and inequities are challenges still facing young Native
Americans today. We believe that sharing positive stories and promoting hope
through the CFC program will help encourage Native youth to create change for
future generations and share positive news from Indian Country.

The toolkit provides information about key steps and areas
of discussion, which will help any individual, tribe, youth council or
community create their own Native American youth Champions for Change
initiative. Specifically, the toolkit provides information on the following
topics:

  •           Describing the CFC program
  •      Packing your message
  •           Getting young people interested
  •          Identifying partners and engaging others
  •        Developing a CFC program budget
  •          How to develop, collect and review CFC program
    applications
  •          Spreading the word about your CFC program
  •         Recognizing your Champions for Change

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