If you are a Native Hawaiian student in good standing, and are age 14 - 22 years old, please read more to find out how you can be a Champion of Change, and make your mark as an indigenous scholar!
On Wednesday President Obama announced that the administration is launching an initiative to increase opportunities for Native Youth, called Generation Indigenous (Gen I). This new initiative will serve as a sustainable platform to reach out, engage, and provide educational and economic opportunities for Native youth. The network will focus on support for attainment of higher education, entrepreneurship training, mentoring, and creating a platform to integrate Native youth voices into the national dialogue.
The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute and the White House also announced in a press release today that they are launching the National Native Youth Network (NNYN), part of the President's Gen I initiative.
Annually, CNAY selects inspirational Native youth (ages 14 to 22) to be recognized in their Champions for Change (CFC) program, inspired by a 2011 White House initiative. CNAY and its Board of Advisors honor the Champions for Change in some of the following ways:
- Certificate of recognition and medal;
- Travel with a chaperone to Washington, DC for a series of national celebratory and recognition events;
- Opportunity to participate in a mentorship coordinated by CNAY;
- Serve a two-year term on CNAY’s Youth Advisory Board
Since itʻs first class in 2011, there has not been a Native Hawaiian Champion for Change selected and that is something that should change for the year ahead.
The deadline for students to apply is January 12, 2015.
Below is the link to CNAYʻs website with information on “Champions for Change” and how to nominate or apply. The White House Press Release on Gen I is also included for your reference.
Claim your right as Indigenous People of this ʻāina, and be recognized!