Tuesday, July 12, 2011
By Julie Saylor

President Obama has announced the NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH CHALLENGE program calling for young American Indian and Alaska Native leaders to submit their stories of leadership and service in their communities. The stories submitted will be considered and evaluated based on a demonstrated record of service to one's tribe, nation, village, or community in one or more of the following areas:

  • Education, Mentorship or Afterschool Programs;
  • Sports, Nutrition or Let's Move! in Indian Country;
  • Substance and Alcohol Abuse Prevention'
  • Health and Wellness, including Youth Suicide Prevention;
  • Building Healthy Relationships and Peer Relationships;
  • Cultural Preservation and Native Languages;
  • Anti-Bullying and Personal Empowerment;
  • Self Expression through Arts and Crafts;
  • Emerging Leadership in Government Service; and
  • Economic and Community Development


  • Aged 13-25
  • Maximum of 250 words
  • Submissions must be received by September 30, 2011
  • Submissions may be about yourself or another leader in your community, however all submissions must be written by people age 25 or younger
  • Any individuals invited to the White House will be responsible for obtaining their own travel and lodging.

SUBMIT ONLINE:  Native American Youth Challenge

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