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Deadline to apply: August 28th, 2021

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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 2021-2022 Application Process and Selection

Participation Costs


Time Commitment

Benefits of Youth Council Membership

Youth Council members will receive training and hands-on experience in three broad areas:


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

Required Travel

 Out-of-state travel for In-Person training and NCUIH's Annual Conference may be required for Youth Council members who are not located in Washington DC (pending COVID-19 restrictions). 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, 2021 - September 6th, 2022. Calls will last approximately 1.5-2 hours and will be facilitated through Zoom software. (Alternatively, participation can occur via cell phone as well). 

In addition, most tasks or action items may require members to use a computer or laptop to successfully contribute to the council campaign/projects.

Notification of Acceptance

Youth Council members will be notified of their selection to the NCUIH Urban Indian Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council by Tuesday September 7th, 2021.