Each year, as a part of theNational Training Program (NTP), the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) sponsors a Native Youth Track as an integral part of the NTP. The Youth Track is designed to provide Native American students an opportunity to learn about careers within Federal, State, Local and Tribal Government, to meet American Indian and Alaska Native government employees, and to gain first hand experience in understanding the positive role that Native employees can play in enabling their respective agencies to better fulfill the federal trust responsibility and honor the unique federal-tribal relationship.
Since 2005 SAIGE has incorporated a developmental track devoted to American Indian College Students at its annual training program. Youth Track attendees are selected by a competitive process and receive full funding to the training program, including travel. Participants receive leadership training, participate in team building activities and hear from Indian Country’s best inspirational speakers.
The Youth Track is integrated into the larger program on the second day, allowing for invaluable networking opportunities and mentorship, culminating in a career fair with recruiters from schools and government agencies. SAIGE is now in the process of instituting a year-long Youth Program that will continue to provide opportunities for our best and brightest.
Youth Track participants register separately from the General and Veterans Track of the 2021 SAIGE National Training Program.