Nation Building for Native Youth (NBNY) is a life-changing youth empowerment program for up to 36 Native Youth ages 15-19 and adult advisors. Funded by the UPS Foundation and others, it combines historically accurate and culturally relevant content with leadership, peer mentoring and experiential learning. It integrates powerful and proven 21st century educational strategies associated with building positive, confident, responsible and empowered youth with Harvard University's Nation Building framework and cutting-edge leadership, communications, life skills, and service learning.
NBNY uses a variety of strategies to connect with all learning styles:
Tribal Sovereignty & Nation Building
Search Institute′s 40 Developmental Assets
Experiential trust and team-building exercises
DiSC® Behavioral Styles Inventory
Leadership Theory & Skills
Public speaking and presentations
Planning and decision-making exercises
Mock Tribal Council
On-going contact and mentoring
GOALS & OUTCOMES
NBNY aims to enable Native youth to lead positive, successful lives and ultimately serve and lead their communities. Participating youth gain increased self-awareness and self-confidence, exposure to cultural and social competencies. Youth also learn about: 1) the inner workings of tribal governments, 2) effective ways to operate in the greater society while remaining consistent with their culture, and 3) ways to mobilize community resources to make a difference.
WHY NBNY STANDS OUT
NBNY regularly receives a high 9.5+ out of ten from adult advisors and youth.
It distinguishes itself from other Native youth programs as follows:
Small size, high ratio of mentors to students
More intense and intentional than most youth conferences
High quality resource materials that can be used in the community
Focus on leadership for nation building and community development
Special instruction, mentoring and materials for adult advisors
Carefully blended multi-faceted curriculum designed and presented by professional team who are leaders in their fields
Participants receive continual feedback and can sense their progress and growth
WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID ABOUT NBNY
- "I learned I need to be ready for any opportunity."
- "NBNY showed me I can make a difference."
- "It made me want to be more involved and active in my community."
- "The Institute helped me understand specific jobs/skills my tribe needs help with."
- "NBNY will help me follow the issues of our tribe and maybe in the future, I will run for the Tribal
- "I've gone to a lot of leadership programs before. . .this one was different. . .it was life
changing. I'm so glad I came!"
- "It was awesome!"
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS & WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Up to 36 Native youth and 6-10 adult youth workers/teachers/advisors from tribes throughout the nation are eligible to attend. Eligible youths need not be A students, BUT they should be motivated and demonstrate leadership qualities, positive character traits and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others. In addition, participants must:
Tuition is $400 per person with partial scholarships available IF youth submit the attached scholarship application.
Students will receive room & board for 4 days, and conference materials.
Be accompanied by an adult chaperone/advisor who also must pay travel-related costs and be available throughout the Institute.
Submit an application and permission forms.