The Center for Native American Youth is currently accepting
youth applications and nominations for the
2017 class of Champions for Change.
ABOUT THE PROCESS
The Champions for Change youth application involves an essay or video response to a few brief questions; two (2) adult recommendations; and one (1) peer recommendation.
CNAY is also accepting nominations* from tribal leaders, teachers, community leaders, Native youth and others who know of a young leader making a positive impact in their community. If you nominate a young person, CNAY will notify the youth of their nomination, share the application, and invite the nominee to apply by the November 15 deadline. NEW THIS YEAR: A nomination can double as a recommendation if the nominator selects that option on the nomination form.
*Youth do not need to be nominated in order to apply. Note that youth who are nominated must still submit a complete application, including the online youth application form, 2 adult recommendations, and 1 peer recommendation.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Champions for Change program at CNAY was launched four years ago in an effort to identify and recognize young Native American leaders (ages 14-24) who are creating positive change in their tribal or urban Indian communities. Champions are young leaders who initiate programs, events, or other efforts that improve the lives of fellow youth in Indian Country.
Each year, CNAY selects five inspirational Native youth to join our leadership network. This year, the newly selected Champions will travel to Washington, DC, in February to participate in a series of recognition and celebratory events. Champions will have opportunities to amplify their leadership stories, meet with policy and decision makers, and network with other important stakeholders to help enhance their advocacy skills and leadership efforts.
After their trip to DC, Champions stay involved with CNAY through a one-year term on our Youth Advisory Board, and are engaged in ongoing opportunities to contribute to the national dialogue on critical issues affecting youth in Indian Country today.
The deadline to apply for the Champions for Change program is November 15, 2016.