Call to Action for Native Youth: Indigi-Wellness Champion Campaign

Join the Online Campaign from September 10 to 20, 2019

"We want to help Native youth build braids and bridges, not worries and walls. You are have been armed with ancestral knowledge - the knowledge of our people and our culture. If you do not have it, there is a whole community to help you find it.  But you can use what you’ve learned to help you on your wellness journey. We are the future for our nations. In order to help the future generations, we have to be here and we need to be healthy."

  • Faith Bowman, 2018 NCUIH Youth Council

What is an Indigi-Wellness Champion?

  1. Embraces their “indigeneity” = indigenous identity.
  2. Let’s their culture be the armor that protects them and gets help when they need
  3. Uses various platforms to provide tools to create and maintain self-wellness and wellness for other Native youth.
  4. Promotes resilience and wellness to empower future generations
  5. Is using Resiliency approaches in their everyday lives (Stay informed, understand wellness and share wellness and resiliency tools).
  • Campaign #1: #ThisIsNative

    • Our first campaign is #ThisisNative. #ThisIsNative’s goal is to provide and connect native youth with native youth-driven resources.  We will do this by empowering native youth to speak up because our lives matter. We want to show the world what it means to be Native because we are monolithic people, we are dynamic and unique. We all have different life experiences that make us who we are. By sharing what makes us who we are to the world, and through our community we can inspire other Native Youth like ourselves, to keep carrying on, by showing each other the ways in which we are resilient in our everyday lives.
  • Campaign #2: #CultureIsPrevention

    • Our 2nd Campaign is #CultureIsPrevention. The goal here is to raise awareness on suicide and substance abuse for urban and tribal native youth.  Our objective is to train native youth to make healthy choices in their everyday lives.  And Develop and disseminate culturally-tailored prevention tools for suicide, substance abuse, and overall well-being.

Partners

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Timeline

  • Participate online September 10th, 2019 - September 20th, 2019.
  • Must be under 24 years of age.
  • Winners will be announced on September 29th.
  • Contact Senior Manager for Communications and Events Meredith Raimondi at events@ncuih.orgor our Public Health Associate Sebouh Kouyoumjian at  skouyoumjian@ncuih.org (202)544-0344.

Prizes

    • 1st place winner will receive a Smartwatch bundle package
    • 2nd place winner will receive a Smart Water Bottle bundle
    • 3rd place winner will win Indigenous gear bundle

The top three social media posts will be showcased during NCUIH’s Annual Leadership Conference (Spring 2020).

Participation Guidelines

  1. Create a post and share photos of life, family, friends, hobbies as examples of ways you keep your Indigenous identity strong and what have you been doing to promote health and wellness in your community over the past 4 years.
  2. Answer 2 questions in your post: “What does it mean to be an Indigi-Wellness Champion?” and “How do you stay resilient in your community”?
  3. Ask other Native youth to join the movement in your post and ask them “What does it mean for you to be an Indigi-Wellness Champion?” and “How do you stay resilient in your community”? 
  4. Share on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Make sure that your social media post settings are public for NCUIH’s office to view your submission.
    • *Always get parental permission before posting any content online (if under 18 years old)
    • Include the Youth Council Campaign Logo & hashtags #ThisIsNative #CultureIsPrevention #NCUIH #NCUIHYC18
    • Create your post by using the YC’s two braided image representing both campaigns provided here: #ThisIsNative and #CultureIsPrevention.
    • Link to simple steps in using the YC two-braid image: will be released soon. 
  5. Email the post to events@ncuih.org on or before 11:59 PM September 20, 2019.

Examples

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Become a Sponsor or Donate Prizes

To support our efforts, please  reach out to out to NCUIH’s Senior Manager for Communications and Events Meredith Raimondi at events@ncuih.org or our Public Health Associate Sebouh Kouyoumjian at  skouyoumjian@ncuih.org

By NCUIH, posted on Tuesday August 6, 2019
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