The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) had a great 2014 that featured many connections with Native youth, public events to raise awareness about Native youth priorities, convenings with federal agencies, suicide prevention trainings and a new partnership with the White House. We want to take this opportunity to thank our partners and friends for being a part of another successful year!
Here is a little recap of what 2014 had in store for us:
In early 2014, CNAY introduced the newest class of Champions for Change – Native youth leading positive change in their reservation and urban Indian communities. The Champions joined CNAY on several outreach trips to communities where we connected with nearly 1,400 Native youth to discuss their priorities and challenges and share positive stories. During those trips we invite young people to get involved and stay connected with CNAY through Facebook, Twitter, our newsletter and our weekly email. We also share Native youth resources and information developed by CNAY during the visits, like our Voices Report, youth priorities on oral health fact sheet, and other important publications focused on our youngest First Americans.
Back in Washington, DC, we hosted two public events this year, including “Native American Youth: Changing the Dialogue” with actor Chaske Spencer and Jodi Gillette from the White House. CNAY continued our media advocacy in 2014, including op-eds on race-based mascots and the Department of Justice’s Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence, stories on dental care access issues, and contributions to articles that highlight Native youth challenges, like the Washington Post’s article on teen suicide in Indian Country. Past and current Champions joined us in DC to participate in White House events this year, including the Tribal Nations Conference and a town hall meeting with President Obama on the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.” Throughout 2014 CNAY also hosted four roundtables with federal agencies aimed at improving coordination among agencies and addressing racial inequities in Federal services and programs.
The year is coming to a close with an exciting announcement and new partnership with President Obama and the White House! Together, we are launching the National Native Youth Network, part of the President’s Generation Indigenous (Gen I) initiative, announced on December 3rd during the 6th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference.
We are proud of a great year and look forward to new opportunities and connections in 2015! We also want to say a special thank you to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Nike’s N7 Programs, and others who have made this a successful year! We invite new partners and stakeholders to consider becoming a part of our work – start by signing up for more information on our homepage or consider contributing to our work at: http://cnay.org/Contribute.html.
Thank you again for your support, encouragement, and partnership this year. See you in 2015!
Erin Bailey, Executive Director
Josie Raphaelito, Program Manager
Ryan Ward, Senior Program Associate
Amber Richardson, Program Assistant
Joaquin Gallegos, Policy Fellow
CNAY’s Board of Advisors and Executive Committee