The Opportunity Youth Network (OYN) connects national non-profits, businesses, philanthropy, government and youth themselves to align efforts aimed at reengaging the one million young people who are disconnected from education and employment pathways to success. These youth, who are not in school and not working, are often referred to as opportunity youth.
On Friday, November 20, the Center for Native American Youth participated as presenters at the third annual Opportunity Youth Network Summit in Washington DC. This event was an opportunity to engage in an information exchange about existing efforts across the country to increase access to education and career pathways for opportunity youth. CNAY staff joined the dialogue to share initiatives in tribal and urban Indian communities that are working to connect Native youth to opportunity pipelines in both education and the workforce. The summit highlighted corporate investments; federal, state and local policy efforts; effective national and place-based programs; and research efforts that are helping to move the needle on connecting opportunity youth to resources and networks that support their success.