June 8 NOW – Apply to be a 2017 Champion for Change!

Sheku! (Hello in the Oneida language)

This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about the Champions for Change program!

Each year, the Center for Native American Youth selects five outstanding Native youth leaders to serve as Champions for Change. Champions are young, indigenous leaders working to create positive change in their home communities and throughout Indian Country. Champions for Change have led efforts related to language preservation, health and wellness, access to sport, education, oral health, and suicide prevention, among many other important issues.

Upon selection, Champions for Change spend one week in Washington, DC, for a series of recognition, leadership development, and networking events. Beyond Recognition Week, Champions continue to develop their advocacy skills and expand their networks through a close relationship with CNAY that includes a one-year term on CNAY’s Youth Advisory Board. Click here to learn more about the Champions for Change program.


Native American/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian youth between the ages of 14 and 22 years old who are leading positive efforts in their tribal or urban Indian communities are encouraged to apply.


A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Youth Application (includes an essay or video response to questions about your leadership efforts);
  • Two (2) Adult Recommendations from adults who can speak to your character and leadership; and
  • One (1) Peer Recommendation from someone close to your age who can talk about your impact on your peers and community.

DEADLINE: All application materials, including the youth application form and all three recommendations, must be received by CNAY on or before November 15, 2016. Click here to apply.

Do you know someone who would make a great Champion for Change? Nominate a young Native leader, and we’ll reach out to invite them to apply. A nomination from a peer or adult can double as an official recommendation. Nominees must still submit a complete application to be considered.

For more information on the Champions for Change program, visit www.cnay.org or contact cnayinfo@aspeninst.org with questions.


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