For Youth

Leading the Way

Native youth from across Indian Country are stepping up to take on challenges and shape our future. Some are participating in grassroots movements, exercising their voices, and organizing to protect our sacred spaces. Others are taking on leadership roles in their communities, starting campaigns to get the Native vote out, and committing themselves to national, state, or Tribal politics.

Inspired by the strength, vision, and resiliency of our young people, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is committed to providing the resources and mentorship to grow the next generation of Indian health advocates.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved and make a difference.


NIHB Health Policy Fellowship

NIHB Health Policy Fellows work directly with their Tribal leadership to identify one priority health issue. Then, with the support of program mentors, Fellows learn how to analyze policy in their issue area, create informed recommendations, and advocate for change.

NIHB covers the cost of Fellows’ travel and accommodations to attend all in-person meetings. NIHB also provides free opportunities for professional development and skills building for current Fellows and Fellowship alumni.

To learn more about the Health Policy Fellowship, click here.


Community Changemaker Grants

To aid youth in advocating for the health of our communities, NIHB is offering Community Changemaker Grants. These grants are small amounts of money ($250) that can help supercharge a youth-led health event. They are open to American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 14-24 years old.

To learn more about our grants for youth, click here.


It Takes Partnership

NIHB’s youth initiatives are funded in part by a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. And we don’t work alone. In fact, NIHB partners with the First Kids 1st campaign- a national collaboration developed to lift up and support Native youth and children so they can achieve their highest potential. To learn how NIHB and our partners are working to put Native kids first in policy and practice visit firstkids1st.org.




Got Questions? See something missing from our site? Want to share? Let us know!

Contact NIHB’s Native Youth Engagement Manager, Dr. Wendee Gardner at [email protected] or (202) 548-7297.


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