Jan. 29 2015 NOW Message: Native Youth Challenge – Prizes for 2015 Champions for Change Applicants

Ya’at’eeh! (Hello in the Navajo language)

This NOW Message includes information about a challenge and prizes for Native youth!

The Center for Native American Youth will award the next two Native youth who submit a complete Champions for Change application with an autographed baseball jersey from Jacoby Ellsbury, and a DVD copy of MTV Rebel Music Native America! We want to make sure students submit their application material on time and hope these prizes are encouraging.

The Champions for Change program (CFC) was created by the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) as an effort to shine a spotlight on incredible stories of youth leadership and help inspire young people across Indian Country. Check out videos from our 2013 and 2014 classes to hear about their experiences in the program!

Application Deadline: January 12, 2015

Selected participants will serve a two-year term on CNAY’s Youth Advisory Board and will receive:

  • A certificate of recognition and medal;
  • All-expense-paid trip with a chaperone to Washington, DC for the national recognition events;
  • Opportunities to meet with members of Congress;
  • Invitation to participate in a mentorship coordinated by the CNAY; and
  • Champions will be eligible for consideration for a future visit from a member of CNAY’s board of advisors to their home community to share more about their initiative for change.

In order for your application to be complete and reviewed by CNAY’s team, you must submit the following information: 

  • A signed and complete application form;
  • Essay or video describing your work to promote positive change; and
  • Complete recommendation forms (2 adult recommendations and 1 peer recommendation)

Applications can be submitted online or hard copies will be accepted by email, fax or mail. You can access application material at the links below:

If you have any questions, please contact CNAY at josie.raphaelito@aspenistitute.org or (202) 736-2905.



We invite you to visit our website (www.cnay.org) 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.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? 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 upcoming emails. We invite you to share your feedback.

Center for Native American Youth


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