10/22 NOW Message: Apply to be a 2016 Champion for Change!

Pi:Wo! (Hello in the Tutelo-Saponi language)

This NOW Message shares information about the Champions for Change program!

Champions for Change (CFC) is a youth leadership program created by the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) to recognize outstanding young Native leaders, support the development of their leadership and advocacy skills, and promote hope in Indian Country. Each year, CNAY selects five exceptionaTatiana Ticknor, Yup’ik, Tlingit, Dena’ina, 2015 Champion for Changel Native youth to serve as Champions for Change. The application for the 2016 class of Champions is now open to youth between the ages of 14 and 22 years old!

Photo of 2015 Champion for Change at the annual Champions for Change recognition reception.
Tatiana Ticknor; Yup’ik, Tlingit, Dena’ina; 2015 Champion for Change

Application Deadline: January 11, 2016

About the Program
Champions for Change are individuals who initiate programs, events, or other efforts that are improving the lives of fellow youth in Indian Country. Champions demonstrate passion and excellence in leadership and serve as active, vocal and enthusiastic advocates for youth in their communities.

The Champions for Change program connects youth leaders with resource materials, organizations, and individuals that expand the reach of their youth-led initiatives. The CFC program is a great way for young people to improve their skills, expand their networks, and elevate Native youth priorities for greater impact throughout Indian Country. Click here to learn more about our 2015 Champions and their youth-led initiatives to create positive change in tribal and urban Indian communities.

CFC Opportunities
Champions serve a two-year term on CNAY’s Youth Advisory Board and receive:

  • A certificate of recognition and medal;
  • All-expense-paid trip with a chaperone to Washington, DC, for a series of national recognition events;
  • Opportunities to meet with members of Congress; and an
  • Invitation to participate in a mentorship coordinated by CNAY.
  • Champions are also eligible for consideration for a future visit from a member of CNAY’s board of advisors to their home community to share more about their initiative for change.

To Apply:
Each application must include all of the following components:

To APPLY ONLINE, visit http://cnay.org/Online_Application.html

To apply by MAIL, E-MAIL, or FAX, click here to download the application packet, and follow the instructions to submit: http://cnay.org/PDF_Application_Packet.html

Do you know a youth leader who would make an excellent Champion for Change? Click here to nominate a young person! CNAY will reach out to the nominee and invite them to apply.

For questions about the Champions for Change program or application, contact cnayinfo@aspeninst.org or 202.736.3577.

We invite 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.

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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