The Center for Native American Youth has reached the end of its search for the fourth class of Champions for Change. The Champions for Change program is CNAY’s cornerstone youth leadership development initiative which aims to elevate the work of outstanding young Native leaders, support their growth as advocates for Native youth priorities, and inspire hope in Indian Country by shining a spotlight on their success.
Each spring, CNAY selects five outstanding Native youth leaders to serve as Champions. These youth further develop their leadership and advocacy skills through a close working relationship with CNAY that includes writing, speaking and other opportunities to amplify their perspectives and showcase their work on critical issues facing their tribal or urban Indian communities.
This year, CNAY received more applications than ever before from incredible young leaders working across the United States to address important issues such as suicide prevention, anti-bullying efforts, promotion of healthy diet and lifestyles, environmental conservation and the protection of sacred sites, culture and language preservation, and many, many others.
The 2016 Champions will travel to Washington DC to participate in a series of celebratory and networking events that honor their leadership and connect them with national advocacy organizations, federal agencies, Members of Congress, high-level Administrative officials, tribal leaders, and other stakeholders who are working toward positive change in Indian Country. CNAY’s newest class of Champions for Change will share their inspirational stories and describe their work through a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute at 9:00 am ET on Tuesday, February 23. Also on February 23, CNAY will host its 5th anniversary reception at the Capital Hilton from 5pm to 7pm ET. The reception provides an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with the Champions, and to learn more about the work of the Center for Native American Youth. Please click here to RSVP.