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On behalf of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), we thank you for your interest in Native youth who applied (thus far) and for those who spread the word for NCUIH's 3rd class of National Urban Indian Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council (“Youth Council”) applications. In light of the COVID-19 crisis and pandemic situation, NCUIH has decided to offer Native youth more time by providing a new launch date and application deadline for the 2020 National Urban Indian Youth Council. Once these new dates are determined, we will provide everyone with this new deadline date for the Youth Council applications. We still strongly encourage American Indian/ Alaska Native youth and young adults to submit applications at this time. To learn how to apply, the benefits of joining the Youth Council, and much more, please press on links below.

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The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) invites applications from young adult ambassadors (ages 18-24) located in our urban communities and surrounding areas to participate in NCUIH’s National Urban Indian Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council (“Youth Council”). This will be NCUIH's 3rd class of young adults to join the Youth Council.

Youth Council members will promote awareness of substance misuse, trauma, suicide prevention, and mental health among peers on a local and national level. All project-related activities will be created by and targeted towards American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults living in urban communities.

Youth and Young Adults must submit a Youth Council Application and a supporting Adult Reference.  Applicants also have the option to obtain a Peer Reference or an additional adult reference.

Please take a look at our Youth Council FAQs website for more information. 

Youth Council Application Process and Selection Criteria

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Participation Costs


Time Commitment

Benefits of Youth Council Membership

Youth Council members will receive training in the following areas:

Youth Council members will also have the following opportunities and benefits:

Required Travel

There will be a 3-day Youth Council Orientation on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, June 17th-19th, 2020, in Washington DC and NCUIH's 2021 Annual Leadership Conference, TBD. Out of state travel will be required for Youth Council members who are not located in Washington DC.

Computer or Laptop Access

Youth Council meetings will occur virtually with all 5 members and NCUIH staff starting monthly on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020.  While members do not need a computer to join virtual meetings, a phone with internet/e-mail access will be required to successfully contribute to meetings and virtual workgroups. Virtual meetings will be facilitated through AdobeConnect software.

Notification of Acceptance

Youth Council members will be notified of their selection to the NCUIH Urban Indian Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council on Friday, May 1st, 2020.

Past and Current Youth Council Projects

2019 Indigi-Wellness Resilience Campaign

2019 Youth Convening

2020 Native Youth Healing Gathering