The Annual Native Youth Summit is a four-day powerful leadership development experience that connects, challenges, and cultivates a cohort of 40 Native youth ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old from across the state of New Mexico.
Focused on investing in and empowering our leaders of tomorrow, the annual Native Youth Summit provides a unique opportunity for the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women to inspire and support the next generation of New Mexico’s tribal leaders in the fight to eliminate violence against our Native women and children.
The Native Youth Summit provides unique and engaging opportunities to address the issues our youth face today, such as domestic violence in the home, cyber-bullying, teen dating violence, safety in a technological world and bystander violence. Our young leaders will be inspired and equipped to return to their communities, support and empower their peers, and make healthy value-based choices using smart strategies.
“We Are the Movement means that If we all come together we can actually make what we want to work. It also means that as a youth summit, all youth have a voice and a chance to speak up to make the movement happen. It’s a very powerful saying and very encouraging.” – 2017 Participant
9th Annual Native Youth Summit
The 9th Annual Native Youth Summit is a series of 30 min workshops over 4 days and is a powerful leadership development experience that connects, challenges, and cultivates a cohort of 10 Native youth ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old from across the state of New Mexico. Our theme for the summit is Black and Indigenous Solidarity and it will focus on self-awareness and land to strengthen our Tribal communities through the following learning opportunies:
- Encourage Native youth to work towards strengthening their voice;
- Building our Native youth knowledge on the basics of violence prevention so they may share with their relatives in their territories; and,
- Support Native youth in their building of knowledge to eliminate violence against all of our relatives.
This application MUST BE completed by the youth interested in applying for the Native Youth Summit and NOT by a parent or guardian on behalf of the applicant.
Acceptance into the Native Youth Summit will be based on the applicants responses provided in the essay questions and based the applicants involvement in thier community.
Each application will be internally reviewed starting August 30th, 2020 and 10 youth will be selected by September 3rd, 2020. Beginning September 4th, CSVANW will begin notifying applicants about their application status by phone. The accepted Native Youth Summit attendee’s will receive a laptop, t-shirt, $200 in gift cards ($50 for each workshop attended), and backpack.
“The #WeAreTheMovement means to me is to make a change in my community, stand up, fight for what we believe in. And, I know that I have a voice that I can use to help my tribe. I am proud that I came to the summit.” – 2017 Participant
PLEASE NOTE – Submitting an application to CSVANW to review DOES NOT confirm that the applicant is accepted. We will begin to notify participants of their application status beginning September 4th, 2020 by phone.
IMPORTANT – Print out an extra copy of your application BEFORE PRINTING to ensure that you have an extra copy on hand. After completing the application, please call our office at 505-243-9199 to ensure that we have recieved your application.
For more information contact us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org | (505) 243 – 9199
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The Native Youth Summit is partially funded by the following grants and contracts: Native Americans in Philanthropy #GenIndigenous Response Fund; Novo Foundation; New Mexico Department of Health; Funders of Youth Organizing; Notah Begay III Foundation; Generous CSVANW Donors; and the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.