Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to organizations making a positive difference. We are excited to invite you to invest in Champions for Change, CNAY’s youth leadership development program that shines a spotlight on inspirational Native youth leading efforts to create positive change in their communities!
We’ve highlighted some of our Champions below:
Rory Taylor (Pawnee) was selected as a 2015 Champion for Change for his work as executive director of the Claremont College IndigeNATION Scholars program through Pomona College, where he coordinates a group of his peers to support local high school students with college readiness and cultural education. Last month, Rory delivered an inspiring address at the seventh annual White House Tribal Nations Conference that highlighted the need for increased access to educational opportunities for Native youth. Click here to see Rory in action.
Tatiana Ticknor (Yup’ik, Tlingit, Dena’ina), another outstanding youth leader from the 2015 class of Champions for Change, joined President Obama as a panelist during this year’s Tribal Nations Conference, as well. Tatiana was recognized for her work as a Community Doer where she engages her peers in community service, language and culture preservation and meaningful connections with elders.
Dahkota Brown (Wilton Miwok), part of our inaugural Champions class in 2013, celebrated an exciting victory in his fight to eliminate racist mascots when California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that bans the use of the word “redskins” in public schools in October. Dahkota was first recognized as a Champion for Change because of his work to establish a peer-to-peer tutoring organization called N.E.R.D.S (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) that focuses on helping Native students succeed.
“I feel that through the Champions for Change program I have a better sense of who I am as a young leader. I’ve learned networking skills and professional development. Though the program I’ve connected with people who’ve helped my program grow. I have more confidence in what I can achieve since becoming a Champion for Change.”—Sarah Schilling, 2013 Champion for Change
The CFC program is growing outstanding young Native leaders and inspiring Native youth across the United States to continue working toward positive change. Support this impactful program — and the next class of Champions — with a donation on this #GivingTuesday!