Feb 13 GEN-I NOW Message: Announcing the Generation Indigenous Challenge!

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Dai s’la Generation Indigenous! (Welcome in the Coquille language):

This Gen-I NOW message provides information about the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Challenge!

As a part of establishing the Gen-I Native Youth Network, Native youth and all young people across the country are invited to take part in the Gen-I Challenge. This call to action is the first step in engaging a broad network of people interested in the issues facing Native youth by learning about and highlighting their voices, stories, and positive contributions.

Accept the Gen-I Challenge by committing to taking the following steps:

Step 1: ACT. Within 30 days of accepting the challenge, work with other youth in your community or at your school to do something positive of your choosing (for example: do a volunteer project with a local organization or charity, visit with elders in your community, or become a mentor to a younger person). You can use Toolkits from the National Native Youth Network and their partners to help you in this work.  Your local tribal youth council, urban tribal youth group, or Native youth organization may also be resources.

Step 2:  CAPTURE. Document your community efforts through a short summary (3-4 sentences) and with photos and video!

Step 3: SHARE. Share your story online using #Gen-I and send to the National Native Youth Network here.  The National Native Youth Network or the White House may even feature your story!

Step 4: PARTICIPATE. By participating in the National Native Youth Network, you may be invited to apply to send a representative to the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2015.

Make sure to accept the challenge HERE.


We encourage 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 and Generation Indigenous.

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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