The Building Indigenous Communities of Hope (Building Communities of Hope) Fellowship is designed for Native American youth passionate about transforming the foster care system. This six-month long fellowship is through the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, in partnership with Casey Family ProgramsNMCAN, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Law Center.  

About the Program

The Building Indigenous Communities of Hope fellows will raise awareness and advocate on the impacts of foster care in tribal communities. Modeled after CNAY’s Champions for Change program, fellows will receive a series of intensive trainings, a national platform, speaking opportunities, and engagements to enhance their advocacy skills. The fellows will engage in customized, Indigenous, and culturally centered programming to support and enhance their leadership efforts. In recognition of the importance of the Indian Child Welfare Act, fellows will expand leadership skills and integrate resiliency as a means of transformation. This collaborative initiative will equip fellows to advocate for changes in state, national, and tribal policies, and practices.

The application deadline is August 25, 2023.