Gen-I Youth Challenge

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Here’s how it works: Youth 14-24, Indian tribes, non-profits, and educational institutions are invited to join the National Native Youth Network by accepting the Gen-I Challenge!

Who: Individuals, youth councils, and youth groups can participate as Challenge Acceptors. Indian tribes, tribal leaders as well as non-profit organizations, Colleges, Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) can become acceptors by helping their youth and students complete the Gen-I Challenge!

Youth and others can accept the challenge by following this LINK and committing to take the following steps!

Step 1: ACT. Within 30 days of taking the challenge, youth should work with other youth in their community or at their school to do something positive of their choosing (for example: completing a volunteer project with a local organization or charity, hosting a meeting with other youth to brainstorm how to address an issue of concern in their community, or becoming a mentor to a younger person). The youth can use TOOLKITS from the National Native Youth Network and their partners to help you in this work. Their local tribal youth council, urban tribal youth group, or Native youth organization can also be a resource. You can apply for up to $475 from We R Native to help you in your efforts!

Step 2: CAPTURE. Document your community efforts through a short summary (3-4 sentences) and with photos and video!

Step 3: SHARE. Share your story online using #Gen-I and send the National Native Youth Network your story by “Sharing Your Gen-I Story”. The National Native Youth Network or the White House may even feature your story!

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Dear Auntie, Hi Uncle, I’m embarrassed about going to a community college while all my friends are going to big universities.. is it okay to go to a community college first and then transfer?