Tucson, AZ. May 30, 2017.

The Native Nations Institute is excited to announce that it has received a small grant from the Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) #GenIndigenous Response Fund to Support Movement Building. NAP’s financial assistance will support NNI’s pilot initiative called Project Youth ACT (Agents of Change within Tribes), designed to support Indigenous youth advocating for social justice and change within their communities. NNI will host three one-day workshop sessions in August that will include Native Nation Building curriculum, critical analysis and strategy development utilizing both case scenarios and real time issues. In addition, one session will focus on communications, which will incorporate public speaking exercises and multimedia platforms.

Youth attending the workshops will gain advocacy skills that can be immediately utilized to address a current social justice issue. NNI’s Executive Director, Joan Timeche, explains “Our goal is to provide the opportunity and skills to help youth understand how powerful they can be in addressing common challenges and awareness. More importantly, the project emphasizes to youth that they can be Agents of Change within their Tribes to effectuate change. It’s a small effort this year, but one that we hope to expand and continue with the assistance of our partners to sustain a long-term impact.”

Project Youth ACT is open to 25 Indigenous high school students, ages 14-18, from the Tucson area. The workshops will take place at the University of Arizona on August 12th, 19th, & 26th, 2017. Participants will have the chance to experience the University’s campus and some of the amenities it offers.

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