At the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, we know our youth were born to do great things. As our next generation of tribal leaders, we honor them as they prepare to make a difference in the world. There is no better time than now to start their leadership journey!
Focused on investing and empowering our leaders of tomorrow, the Annual Native Youth Summit Empowering our Future Tribal Leaders provides a unique opportunity for the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) to inspire and support the next generation of tribal leaders in New Mexico to the fight to eliminate violence against our Native women and children.
The 5th Annual Native Youth Summit is a four-day, powerful leadership development experience that connects, challenges and cultivates a cohort of Native youth ages 12 to 18 from across New Mexico. This summit experience is designed to elevate our Native youth into leadership roles that will transform their lives so that they can transform their tribal communities. We know that they face many challenges in today’s world, so at CSVANW we’ve worked hard to carefully craft a summit experience that builds a supportive and transformative network of Native youth leaders. After the Native Youth Summit, our youth will be inspired to return to their community and create stronger leadership foundations for change.
[infobox style=”alert_box”]”The 2015 Native Youth summit was about learning to have healthy relationships and setting goals for the future. The presentations given were very inspirational.” – Participant[/infobox]
Participants will have several workshops and activities:
- Tribal Leadership 101: Lead Your Ship
Navigating the balance between family, friends, school, community and extracurricular activities can be a challenge for young leaders. Discover how our NM tribal leaders identify, focus on and execute their communities’ priorities while addressing violence and improving safety for our communities. This is where inspiration, encouragement and supportive lessons from our current leaders are provided to the next generation of leaders.
- Empowerment through Identity: Highlighting the Resiliency of our Young Native Women and Men
Sharing stories of hardship and success, our speakers will share their personal stories about how domestic violence impacted their life, as well as sharing their own personal survivals, finding their inner strengths, overcoming struggles and rising into leadership roles.
- Santa Fe Mountain Center Ropes Course
Providing Native youth with opportunities to transform their lives through remarkable experiences and adventures, this course incorporates elements of adventure, education and challenge to help participants break through self-limiting beliefs. Youth will discover their potential, build positive self-identity and resiliency. This model guides individuals to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and self-awareness, as well as learn positive values and develop better social and relationship skills. Youth will be better equipped to facilitate positive changes in their communities.
Each Native Youth Summit registration will be internally reviewed as an application for participation.
Beginning June 17, 2016, CSVANW will begin notifying applicants about acceptance to the summit. The selected individuals will receive three nights of paid lodging and meals during the four-day event, supplies, T-shirt and a travel stipend.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Download sponsorship information.
[infobox style=”alert_box”]”I’m going go back to my family, my friends and my community to share the information and knowledge I gained here to the best of my ability, especially the information I gained about teen dating violence. The information I was given is extremely useful and it will benefit anyone I share it with.” – 2015 Participant[/infobox]
The Native Youth Summit is funded in part by the U.S Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women grant # 2015-IW-AX-0014.