Frequently Asked Questions

Career Basics

The Leadership Track of Career Basics are free and open to self-identifying Native American youth ages 18-26 years old.

Interested participants must register online. Please see the Registration page or subscribe to our email list to keep up to date about current and upcoming program and registration dates.
Self-identifying Native American/indigenous youth between the ages of 18-26 are eligible to register for the Career Basics. Those who complete Career Basics and are 20-26 years old may apply for the Leadership Summit.
No, participants do not have to be from a NAFOA member tribe to be eligible to participate in Career Basics or the Leadership Summit.

Participants may proceed at their own pace during their registered program dates. Typically, participants spend 8-12 hours to complete the curriculum.

Applicants for the NAFOA Leadership Summit must be available to travel and attend during the Summit and NAFOA Conference dates.

Yes! We encourage all interested youth ages 18 - 26 to register in Career Basics. You can still register and participate for Career Basics during the program dates even if you are unable to attend the Leadership Summit.

Yes. In 2019, we received good feedback from Academy participants and have improved our online youth programming. NAFOA Career Basics addresses the same principles as the Academy in a more streamlined manner.

Educators and youth program coordinators may request a facilitators guide that provides more insight into the curriculum and offers guidance for successfully leading a local youth cohort through Career Basics. Please email for more information.

Leadership Summit

To be eligible for the Summit, applicants must:

  • Be a self-identifying Native American youth between 20-26 years old by the NAFOA Leadership Summit and Conference dates;
  • Actively participate and complete Career Basics before the Leadership Summit dates;
  • Reside within the United States at the time of the program (i.e., applicant does not need to travel from/to outside the US); and
  • Be available to attend during the program dates, including travel before and after.

No, applicants do not have to be enrolled in a member tribe to be eligible to apply for the scholarship and/or attend the Summit and Conference.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Leadership Summit will be postponed until further notice.

Need-based Funding

To be eligible for need-based, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for the Summit (see above) and complete the need-based funding questions in the Leadership Summit application.

The Leadership Summit funding provides support for the costs associated with participation in the program. Funding is available for travel/transportation, hotel costs, conference registration fees, and the NAFOA Leadership Summit program fees.

Additionally, the dress code for the NAFOA Leadership Summit and NAFOA Conference is strictly business formal. To help attendees meet this expectation a $125.00 clothing stipend is available for all accepted program participants.

The Leadership Summit application will ask applicants if they are interested in applying for funding. Please complete this section along with the rest of the Summit application.