Five Native Youth Selected as Inaugural Class
of Champions for Change
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Washington, D.C.: The Aspen Institute's
Center for Native American Youth
(CNAY) has named its inaugural class of Champions for Change. The
Champions for Change is designed to spotlight positive stories in Indian country, promote hope among Native
youth, and engage successful youth in leadership
“I am inspired by
the incredible stories of leadership we heard from American
Indian children through our Champions for Change initiative,” said former US Senator
Dorgan, who created the Center in 2011. “I believe our
Champions for Change program will promote hope and recognize the
remarkable leadership among young Native Americans.”
This month, Senator Dorgan and
the CNAY will honor these five inspirational in youth.
March 4, during the National Congress of American Indians'
conference, the Center will host its second annual reception. The reception will celebrate the
Center's efforts, which includes over 50 roundtables
reaching Native youth from more than 150 tribes. They
will also collaborate on policies, programming, and and resources to
help improve the lives of Native youth.
Several members of Congress
will serve as honorary hosts for this event. They include
Congressman Tom Cole,
Senator Tom Udall,
Senator John Hoeven,
Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, D-Nevada
Senator Tim Johnson,
Senator Michael Crapo,
Senator Jon Tester,
March 5, the
Champions will be featured on a panel discussion in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Hearing Room. Champions
will describe their youth-led efforts and highlight the youth
priorities for addressing needs in Indian country. Members from
Congress will be in attendance, including the new Chairwoman of the Indian Affairs Committee, Senator Maria Cantwell.
3. The Champions
will also tour the White House and Capitol and meet with White House staff, federal agency leaders, and other
“It is important that we tell
positive stories of success in Indian country and use this as a
way to generate attention and policy change which address the
needs in tribal and urban Indian communities,” commented Senator Dorgan.
Supporters of the Champions for
Change program include the
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium,
the Aspen Institute,
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian
an anonymous donor who donated $125,000
to support this project. Nike also donated
hundreds of dollars of N7 (Nike's Native brand) product for the
youth and their chaperones.
are delighted to support the Native American Champions for Change
program through our scholarship fund,” said Walter Isaacson, president of
the Aspen Institute. “Supporting young leadership is
an important component of the Institute's mission.”
Events are open to the public.
Details are below:
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