At the last White House Tribal Nations Conference in December, President Obama announced the launch of Generation Indigenous (Gen I), a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to help improve the lives and opportunities for Native youth and will include:
- New Native Youth Community Projects, administered by the Department of Education (ED) through the existing Demonstration Grants Program to provide funding in a select number of Native communities to support culturally relevant coordinated strategies designed to improve the college-and-career readiness of Native children and youth.
- New National Tribal Youth Network program in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth. The Youth Network supports leadership development, provide peer support through an interactive online portal that links resources and tools, and empowers youth to become leaders within their communities. The White House, in cooperation with the Aspen Institute, will also host a high-level convening on challenges facing Native youth in February 2015.
- The release of the White House Native Youth Report that acknowledges past failures of federal policy on the education of Native students, explores the breadth of the challenges facing Native children, and makes recommendations for a path forward.
- The launch of the Cabinet Native Youth Listening Tour, which is part of the President’s call to hear directly from Native youth on how to bolster federal policies to improve youth outcomes. In addition, the Administration is expanding federal outreach on youth internships and employment opportunities across the federal agencies.
- The first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering to engage hundreds of Native youth in a day-long convening in the summer of 2015. This gathering builds on the November 2014 Native Youth Conference hosted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the tribal youth visit with President Obama.
- Blueprint for Reform released in June 2014 to address the crisis in Indian education and strengthen the critical education needs of Native students.
White House to Host Tribal Youth Gathering
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 9, 2015, the White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The Tribal Youth Gathering, a collaboration between the White House and Unity Inc., will continue to build upon the President’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country. President Obama launched the Gen-I initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential. The Gen-I Native Youth Challenge invites Native youth and organizations across the country to become a part of the Administration’s Gen-I initiative by joining the National Native Youth Network — a White House effort in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
- 7/8/15 WH FACT SHEET: White House Tribal Youth Gathering
- 7/9/15 First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at The White House Tribal Youth Gathering
- Champions of Change: Native American Youth Leaders
- Generation Indigenous | The White House
- Generation Indigenous Facebook
- Gen-I Challenge Twitter
We want to give those young people and young Native Americans like them the support they deserve. We have to invest in them, and believe in them, and love them. And if we do, there’s no question of the great things they can achieve — not just for their own families, but for their nation and for the United States.
— President Obama, White House Tribal Nations Conference, December 3, 2014
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Thursday, July 9, 2015
White House Tribal Youth Gathering
Live Stream: http://livestream.com/accounts/14128713/events/4184612
July 10 – 14, 2015 2015
National UNITY Conference
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC