Applications for the Center for Native American Youth’s 2023 Champions for Change program are now open. The Champions for Change program recognizes and celebrates 5 Native youth leaders making positive impacts in their communities. All Native youth are invited to apply! 

The Champion for Change program acknowledges the efforts of young Native leaders, supports their leadership growth, enhances their network, and provides opportunities for advocacy at a national level. The program is a 1-year commitment and includes a seat on the CNAY youth advisory board. Throughout the year, recipients enhance leadership skills through experienced-based learning, tailored advocacy training, and a culturally immersive curriculum. Champions inspire Native youth across the country to take action and create change in their communities.

Application Deadline: January 6th, 2023

The application includes three parts:

  • An Essay
  • One Peer Recommendation (someone around the applicant’s age)
  • One Adult Recommendation (18 years or older)

To be eligible, youth must:

  • Self-identify as Native or Indigenous;
  • Be between the ages of 14 and 24 years old; and
  • Currently reside within the United States

Questions? Please view the FAQ or email Program Manager, Cheyenne Brady, at