Important Announcement: Champions for Change Application Deadline Extended

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 The Center for Native American Youth has extended the Champions for Change application deadline to Friday, November 18. Click here to apply. 

Champions for Change (CFC) is a leadership development program designed to shine a national spotlight on Native youth like you who are leading positive change in your communities. The CFC program gives Native youth a national platform to:

  • Educate new stakeholders about the challenges and strengths of Native communities,
  • Lift up youth perspectives on the issues you find most important,
  • Celebrate your innovative ideas and hard work to tackle tough issues, and
  • Receive support and encouragement to help you grow as strong leaders and advocates.

We’re still searching for the five young leaders who will join our fifth class of Champions for Change. We need your energy, leadership, and partnership to ensure that Native youth have meaningful opportunities to impact the issues that matter the most.

Make sure your application and three recommendations are submitted by Friday, November 18 to be considered for the 2017 class of Champions for Change.

REMEMBER: A COMPLETE Champions for Change application includes:

Visit us at for more information about the CFC program and application. Still have questions? Contact CNAY at (202) 736-2905 or

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Now Accepting Applications for the Champions For Change Leadership Program!

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Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is now soliciting both nominations and applications directly from Native youth and community members. Tribal leaders, teachers, coaches, school administrators, parents, Native youth and others can nominate a young Native leader (ages 14-22) who is making a positive impact in their tribal or urban Indian community. CNAY will contact the nominee and invite them to submit a full application. Youth can also submit the Champions for Change application on their own without a nomination. Candidates must complete their application by November 15, 2016.

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Celebrating Outstanding Native American Youth

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The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), a policy program at the Aspen Institute, recognized its 2016 Champions for Change through a series of events this week in Washington, DC. The Champions for Change program, inspired by a White House initiative, is designed to shine a spotlight on positive stories in Indian Country, promote hope among Native American youth, and expose young people to leadership development opportunities.

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Youth Sports Looking for Funding? Nike Grants Available!

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*Press Release from Center for Native American Youth

Nike’s N7 Programs Announces Funding Opportunities
for Native Youth Through Generation Indigenous

Grants are now available to Native youth for sport and physical activity programs and initiatives.

Washington, DC, July 20, 2015 –– As a part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, Nike, Inc. and the N7 Fund has partnered with the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) to extend grant opportunities as a resource for Native youth leaders promoting health and wellness through sport and physical activity in their community. Gen-I is an initiative to help improve the lives of Native youth and to cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Gen-I includes new investments and policies to expand educational, employment, and health and social services for Native youth. CNAY, along with the Department of the Interior, have partnered to launch a National Native Youth Network. Through this Network, CNAY has engaged over 2,000 Native youth from across the country in 2015.

Sam McCracken, CNAY board member and General Manager of Nike’s N7 Programs, announced this new funding opportunity at the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering on July 9. During the Gathering, which brought over 1,000 Native youth from across the country to Washington, DC, McCracken remarked, “N7 has allocated resources for Native youth as a part of N7’s commitment to Gen-I. We created this opportunity in partnership with the Center for Native American Youth to bring sport and all of its benefits to Gen-I and to create further opportunities for future generations.”

The National Native Youth Network, a part of Gen-I, is aimed at providing a sustainable platform to engage and educational, leadership, and funding opportunities to Native American youth across the United States. This partnership, between CNAY and Nike to provide youth an opportunity to secure funding for wellness and activity programs, is an example of how the Network is expanding opportunities for and bringing more resources to the 2.1 million Native American youth.

Native youth can now apply for up to $10,000 in funding for their programs and initiatives through the N7 Fund website. For more information and to apply, please visit

“I am inspired by Sam McCracken’s leadership and passion for making a difference in the lives of Native children through sport,” said Erin Bailey, Executive Director of the Center for Native American Youth, a policy program at the Aspen Institute. “Nike N7 represents a positive outlet and brand to many and we are excited about their continued work to support Native youth through the Network.”

The N7 Fund provides access to cash only grants to Native American and Aboriginal communities in support of sports and physical activity programs for youth. Our goal is to help unleash a child’s potential through the power of sport. Nike is inspired by Native American wisdom of the Seven Generations: In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the seventh generation. For more information, visit

Center for Native American Youth is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan in February 2011, the Center is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. The Center works to strengthen and create new connections as well as exchange resources and best practices that address the challenges facing Native youth. Visit the Center’s website for a comprehensive list of resources available to young Native Americans, tribes and the general public. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit


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