Native Youth Community Projects
program funding applications are available starting April 29, the White House
announced. Applications for up to seven demonstration projects under the
$3-million program are due June 29 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Part of President Barack Obama’s
Generation Indigenous initiative, NYCP will support projects to help American
Indian and Alaskan Native children become college- and career-ready. The
projects must include tribes and the Bureau of Indian Education or public
schools and applicants are urged to partner with community-based organizations
and institutions of higher education.
Funds can be used for a wide range of
in- and out-of-school activities, such as culturally-responsive teaching,
access to high-quality preschool or mental health services, according to Joyce
Silvern, deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education.
“We are going to be providing
extensive technical assistance to applicants to ensure that they have the
resources and support that they need to develop high-quality applications,
including a pre-application Webinar on May 14,” said Silvern.
“While we know that there’s been
tremendous progress in education thanks to the hard work of many educators,
families, tribal communities and non-tribal communities, there still remains a
lot of work to be done. As highlighted in the White House report of 2014, Native youth are in a state
of crisis. The reality is we can fix this. By focusing on Native youth and
including community partners alongside tribes we can make a big difference in
the lives of a lot of underserved students,” said William Mendoza, executive
director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native