On April 28, CNAY hosted a group of nearly 50 Native high school students involved in the Close Up Program. The roundtable took place at CNAY’s offices in Washington, DC.
The Close Up Program brings together diverse students from across the country for a hands-on learning experience in Washington DC. Students meet with policy and decision makers and study the inner workings of democracy while reinforcing classroom lessons about American government and US History.
CNAY’s Amber Richardson and Teddy McCullough led the meeting, describing CNAY’s work as advocates for policies and programs that support Native youth priorities. Additionally, CNAY introduced the President’s Generation Indigenous initiative as a platform to elevate and support Native youth who are generating positive change in their home communities. Students shared more about issues facing their individual tribal and urban Indian communities, what programs and services are working well to address those issues, and the leadership efforts they’re undertaking to be part of the solution.
CNAY welcomes the opportunity to share more about our work and connect with Native youth visiting Washington, DC. If you’re part of a Native youth group that is travelling to DC, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to discuss the possibility of coordinating a meeting with our team.