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.”