WASHINGTON – The White House joined with 250 American Indian and Alaska Native youth attending the UNITY Midyear Conference on Thursday, Feb. 12 to launch the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Native youth Challenge. Native youth, in Washington, DC for leadership training, learned how to become actively involved in the Gen-I challenge. Other Native youth are invited to join in. The challenge provides Native youth with an opportunity to use various digital platforms to tell their stories and share the positive contributions they are making in their communities.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell kicked off the Native youth listening tour on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Phoenix, Ariz. Over the course of the year, other Cabinet Secretaries will join the tour across the country. A gathering planned by Native youth will be held later in the year.
Gen-I was created to enhance the lives of Native youth by removing barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunities for success. With new investments and increased culturally appropriate engagement, this initiative takes a comprehensive approach to increase opportunities and improve outcomes.
The Center for Native American Youth and National Congress of American Indians are partnering with UNITY, the Administration, and other stakeholders to help build and accomplish the goals of Gen-I.
– White House