Immediate Release: White House Announces Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge

The White House Announces Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge 

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Washington, DC- The White House today joined with 250 American Indian and Alaska Native youth attending the UNITY Midyear Conference to launch the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Native youth Challenge.  Native youth, in Washington, DC for leadership training, learned how to become actively involved in the Gen-I challenge. Other Native youth are invited to join in.  The challenge provides Native youth with an opportunity to use various digital platforms to tell their stories and share the positive contributions they are making in their communities.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell kicked off the Native youth listening tour on Tuesday, February 10, in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the course of the year, other Cabinet Secretaries will join the tour across the country. A gathering planned by Native youth will be held later in the year.

Gen-I was created to enhance the lives of Native youth by removing barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunities for success. With new investments and increased culturally appropriate engagement, this initiative takes a comprehensive approach to increase opportunities and improve outcomes.

The Center for Native American Youth and National Congress of American Indians are partnering with UNITY, the Administration, and other stakeholders to help build and accomplish the goals of Gen-I.

To find out more about the Gen-I Challenge click here.

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About The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. For more information visit www.ncai.org.

About United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY)

Established 39 years ago, UNITY—United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.—is a national organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among tribal youth. UNITY is composed of 145 affiliated youth councils in 35 states, sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges, and urban Native centers. For more information go to www.unityinc.org

About the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

NICWA works to support the safety, health, and spiritual strength of Native children along the broad continuum of their lives. The organization promotes building tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect through positive systems change at the state, federal, and tribal level. For more information visit www.nicwa.org

About the National Indian Health Board (NIHB)

The National Indian Health Board is an inter-Tribal organization that advocates on behalf of Tribal governments for the provision of quality health care to all American Indians and Alaska Natives. For more information visit www.nihb.org.

About the National Indian Education Association (NIEA)

The premiere organization advocating for educational excellence, opportunity, and equity for Native students, the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) advances comprehensive educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States. For more information visit www.niea.org.

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