Native American youth often face tremendous obstacles to success, but together we can leverage the power of youth to inspire and support each other, build new skills, and create ladders to opportunity.
As part of the Generation Indigenous movement (Gen-I), the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and NAFOA have partnered to develop a new career leadership program for Native American youth.
CNAY will connect the growing Gen-I National Native Youth Network—now over 4,000 strong— with NAFOA’s network of leaders in finance, business, and tribal economic development to build career opportunities for Native youth through civic engagement, online skill-building, leadership development, and direct connections with employers.
Participation in the program will be open to college-age students
Develop Career and Financial Literacy Skills
Fellows will enroll in NAFOA’s Native American Career Success Academy, a new online professional development curriculum for Native youth. The curriculum consists of two modules: Career Preparation and Personal Finance. The coursework is designed to help Native youth develop the skill set and confidence required to become financially responsible young adults and successful young professionals.
Build Community Networks
Fellows will be expected to complete civic engagement activities such as informational interviews with employers, meetings with tribal leaders and officials, and fundraising activities.
Complete the Gen-I Career Leadership Summit
Preceding NAFOA’s 35th Annual Conference in San Francisco, fellows from across the country will participate in seminars led by inspirational Native professionals who will help them advance their new skill set and prepare them for the job market.
Connect Directly with Employers at NAFOA’s Annual Conference
Fellows will participate in special Gen-I networking events and luncheons, career development opportunities with conference participants, and special presentations.
Support the online and conference opportunities for five fellows.
Provide a scholarship for an individual fellow.
Support the Gen-I Career Success Fellowship Program and help sustain the ongoing career development of talented Native American youth.
The Center for Native American Youth, founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan, is a national
policy advocacy organization based in DC. We believe all Native American youth should lead full and healthy
lives, have equal access to opportunity, and draw strength from their culture and one another. Our mission is
improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy
development and advocacy. We have led more than 140 meetings with youth on the ground in 23 states to learn
about diverse priorities and successes – including health, education, career readiness, and more. We also
maintain the Gen-I National Native Youth Network, comprised of over 4,000 Native youth who have committed to
creating positive change in their tribal communities across the
Through its work in growing tribal economies and strengthening tribal finance NAFOA supports the advancement of independent and culturally vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities. NAFOA launched over three decades ago as the Native American Finance Officers Association to highlight the role of tribal finance in fostering economic opportunities. Since that time, NAFOA has grown along with tribal economies.
Today NAFOA advocates sound economic and fiscal policy, develops innovative training programs in
financial management, builds the financial and economic skills of the next generation, and convenes tribal
leadership, experienced professionals, and economic partners to meet the challenges of economic growth and
For more information about the Gen-I Sponsorship, please contact Cody Harjo at firstname.lastname@example.org