New Town tribal college partners with Center for Native American Youth

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town has formed a partnership with the Center for Native American Youth to create a new community-based youth recognition program, according to the tribal college.

The program honors cultural forms of leadership and is based on cultural competence, which is the ability to understand and interact effectively with people from other cultures. To be deemed culturally competent programs requires a basic understanding of your own culture, a willingness to learn about the cultural practices of others and a positive attitude toward accepting and respecting cultural differences.

Modeled after the Aspen Institute’s CNAY’s national champions for change program the program recognizes youth leaders, supports and elevates their voices. It aids in the development of their leadership skills through experience-based learning and tailored advocacy training.

“We are so thankful and proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Twyla Baker, president of the Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College. “I envision this partnership building the capacity of our Tribal Nations to grow our own, advocates and leaders, whose impact will be felt for generations to come.”

Youth from MHA Champs for Change will have access to leadership resources, advocacy opportunities, mentors, and a national cohort of fellow champions. Youth will create community action projects, have the support needed to be the leaders they wish to see, and will be recognized and uplifted for their work in their respective communities.

“We are proud to partner with Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College,” said CNAY’s executive director, Nikki Pitre. “Together, we will ensure that Native American youth are honored, have better access to opportunity and the skills they need to lead our people in meaningful ways when called upon”, says Pitre.


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