As part of the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, the Center for Native American Youth is launching a new fellowship for youth ages 18-24.
As part of the Generation Indigenous initiative, or Gen-I , the Center for Native American Youth is launching a new fellowship for youth ages 18-24 titled “The Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship” or “Gen-I MBF.”
The fellowship is a six-month leadership development program that aims to strengthen the voice and role of Native American youth in social justice movements. Over the course of six months, five fellowship recipients will gather for two in-person meetings, two virtual meetings, and one Fresh Tracks training expedition.
According to the Center for Native American Youth, the Fellowship is not a full-time commitment, but active and engaged participation during in-person and virtual convenings is required.
At the end of six months, fellowship recipients will have a small “Innovation Fund” which they will jointly use for a project aimed at strengthening the voice of Native youth in social justice movements.
The goals of this new fellowship program according to the Center for Native American Youth are to: 1) Educate broader social justice movements about our tribal communities, our challenges, and the strengths Native people can bring to the movements; 2) Develop strategies together to strengthen the voice of Native youth in broader movements and promote their contributions; and 3) To inspire other Native youth to take action on the issues that matter to them.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Applicants for the Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship must meet all the following criteria:
Be a Native youth between the ages of 18 and 24 by May 1st.
Have demonstrated civic engagement and advocacy for their community and/or Indian Country.
Be strong, talented leaders, but not necessarily well connected outside their community.
Be interested in advancing their advocacy and activism by connecting to broader social justice movements.
Be able to participate in the full Fellowship programming over six (6) months.
HOW TO APPLY:
A complete application includes all of the following materials, which must be submitted online to CNAY by 11:59 PT on Sunday, May 6:
The Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship Application submitted by the applicant.
Requires brief written responses to multiple prompts, a resume or CV, and optional supplemental photos and videos.
An Adult Recommendation Form.
This form should be submitted by a mentor, teacher, or employer over the age of 25 who can comment on the applicant’s leadership qualities, commitment to community, and motivation for participating in the Fellowship.
A Peer Recommendation Form.
This form should be submitted by a peer who is 24 years old or younger and can comment on the applicant’s leadership qualities, commitment to community, and motivation for participating in the Fellowship.
For more information about the Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship, click here.
The Center for Native American Youth believes Native American youth should lead full and healthy lives, have equal access to opportunity, and draw strength from their culture and one another. CNAY focuses on the resilience of Native youth and supports them through youth recognition, inspiration, and leadership; research, advocacy, and policy change; serving as a national resource exchange; and by developing strengths-based Native youth media opportunities.