Native American youth can make a difference, but first they must be organized and prepared for action. An effective way to accomplish this is through a youth council. A youth council represents a practical way of enabling youth to have a meaningful role in helping solve community problems. Keep in mind that youth councils are just as diverse as Native America itself. Each youth council maintains its own identity and is built upon the needs and values of that particular community. By being involved with a youth council, young Native Americans can use their combined talents and energy to address major concerns facing them today. Youth design and promote their own programs to fit their needs. Young people who are involved with youth councils learn to accept responsibility. They grow through achievement and in the knowledge that they are making a real contribution to their community and to Native America.
From United National Indian Tribal Youth
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Junior Youth Council
The Junior Youth Council provides a representative voice for Native youth between the ages of 12-18 years old. The council promotes the development of future tribal leaders through programming that supports educational attainment and nurtures Potawatomi language, culture, pride, and identity. The Junior Youth Council also coordinates community service projects and provides opportunities for Native youth to interact for fun and friendship. Check out the meeting schedules and agendas, or to view the Junior Youth Council code, click here.
Senior Youth Council
The Senior Youth Council provides a representative voice for Pokagon citizens between the ages of 18-24 years old. The council promotes the development of future tribal leaders through programming that supports education about tribal government and nurtures Potawatomi language, culture, pride, and identity. The Senior Youth Council also coordinates community service projects and provides opportunities for Pokagon young adults to interact for fun and friendship. Check out the meeting schedules and agendas, or to view the Senior Youth Council code, click here.
United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Annual Conference
UNITY has served the leadership needs of American Indian and Alaska Native youth for 34 years. Today UNITY is a national organization with over 150 youth councils operating in 35 states and Canada. These youth councils represent thousands of Native American youth.
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) meets three times a year and is a great opportunity for students to network with students and leaders from other Tribes and learn abut national Native issues. Tribal Council will be sponsoring two college students and the Department of Language and Culture's Youth Council program will sponsor individuals from the Senior Youth Council.
NCAI-Education in Leadership Video