NCUIH Youth Council

Current and Past Youth Council Projects

About the Youth Advisory Council

Faith Youth Council

Urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth suffer higher rates of depression, which can be attributed to isolation from tribal lands and identity, lack of adequate mental health care, and financial instability. They are often geographically dispersed and disconnected from other urban AI/AN youth. Overcome with a high prevalence of alcoholism, and increased risk for suicide and mental health issues, the need for better systems of care and improved community capacity to support urban AI/AN youth is a high priority.

Through a Native Connections cooperative agreement with SAMSHA, the National Council of Urban Indian Health’s (NCUIH) Supporting Urban Native Youth (SUNY) program proposes to build the capacity of urban communities to assist urban youth to live healthy lives through community support.

Through the development of a National Urban Indian Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council, NCUIH seeks to develop a community-driven comprehensive urban youth suicide and substance abuse response plan for urban Indian communities to provide prevention and recovery support to AI/AN young people under 24 years of age.

The NCUIH Youth Advisory Council will promote peer-level awareness and support for youth and young adult AI/ANs living in urban areas. Youth Council members will promote awareness of substance misuse, trauma, suicide prevention, and mental health among peers on a local and national level.

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Youth Council 2020 Application Process and Selection Criteria

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 in-person Youth Advisory Council Training-Dates TBD, in Washington, DC (TBD if this will be virtual due to COVID-19 precautions) and attendance to NCUIH's 2021 Annual Conference, Location TBA. (expenses paid by NCUIH). 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 September 7th, 2020 -September 6th, 2021. Calls will last 1.5-2 hours. First Virtual Meeting - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 Time-TBD

While members do not need a computer or laptop to join virtual meetings, a phone with internet/ e-mail access at minimum will be required to contribute to meetings and virtual workgroups successfully. 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 by Monday, September 7th, 2020.