This month, ninety Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian high school students came together at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia for one week of intensive education and peer-to-peer training about the impact of climate change on tribal communities. Hosted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program, the Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress aimed to improve youth’s knowledge of climate change and enhance their climate leadership skills.
During the Congress, CNAY hosted a session entitled “Elevating Youth Leaders” where staff shared information about CNAY’s work, Generation Indigenous, and the Champions for Change Native youth leadership program. Among the priorities shared by youth participants was a strong desire to be connected to other Native youth leaders. CNAY shared the Gen-I Ambassador network as a useful resource for youth to gain peer-to-peer support for the various initiatives they’re leading in their communities.