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The Center for Native American Youth Releases Network Map
of Youth Leaders and Resources for Generation Indigenous
The Center for Native American Youth highlights impactful programs, services and Native youth leaders across America.
WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2015 –– As a part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute has developed a map of impactful programs and Native American youth leaders creating positive change across Indian Country. The Network map includes local organizations, youth councils, youth-led volunteer projects and connects youth with each other to expand access to resources and services – two key goals of Gen-I and CNAY’s National Native Youth Network.
“Every day youth leaders and stakeholders from Indian Country reach out seeking to connect with their peers on the community-level,” said Erin Bailey, Executive Director of the Center for Native American Youth. “This map is a tool to make our resources and connections available to all.”
The Network map can be found here: http://cnay.org/Network_Map.html.
Gen-I takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential. In partnership with the White House and the Department of the Interior, CNAY launched the National Native Youth Network in order to provide a sustainable platform to engage and provide educational, leadership, and funding opportunities to Native youth across the United States.
Through the Network map, stakeholders – including funders and policymakers – can easily see programs making a difference in Indian Country as defined by the young leaders who are creating positive community change. Through our outreach to more than 5,000 Native youth over nearly five years, CNAY has learned about and met with hundreds of programs across Indian Country that Native youth believe are making a difference. The map provides a platform to share this critical information with stakeholders and youth leaders.
The Network map will be updated regularly with CNAY engaging and working with youth to submit these programs in order to build out and grow the map. To learn more about our mapping efforts, to view the Network map, or to tell us about impactful youth programs in your community, please visit:http://cnay.org/Network_Map.html.
Celeste Terry, Oglala Lakota, Gen-I Youth Ambassador and Founder of Thinking Indigenous said, “This is going to help improve youth networking. I am positive this will prove to be a great source for collaborating and planning activities and events with other youth leaders in different regions.”
Center for Native American Youth is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan in February 2011, CNAY is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. CNAY works to strengthen and create new connections as well as exchange resources and best practices that address the challenges facing Native youth, with a special emphasis on suicide prevention. Visit CNAY’s website for a comprehensive list of resources available to young Native Americans, tribes and the general public. For more information, visit www.cnay.org
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.