N. American Indigenous Youth Leadership Training
Thanks to many of you we reached our 10K matching challenge from the NDN Collective last week! We are now less than 10K away from reaching our total fundraising goal to make this training a success. Thank you for Donating and Sharing!
Standing on the shoulders of Standing Rock and the American Indian Movement, this 7-day training -- hosted by Earth Guardians , Earth Rights and NDN Collective -- will bring together scores of North American Indigenous Youth and Elders to address the environmental and social justice movements of today. The training is historic in that it is the first of its kind!
We only have until mid April to reach our goal! The training will bring together 50+ participants, so if you are able and willing you can sponsor a youth by donating $1K. But we are looking for any and all sized donations.
We will plan to update regularly so please check back here for more information concerning the training.
"Earth Guardians has been organizing Indigenous youth across the world for environmental justice for decades. We’re hosting a special week-long training for native youth May 28-June 4 in Arkansas on Ponca territory stewarded by the Camp/Horinek family. It’s a revolutionary format that integrates pragmatic campaign organizing with robust spiritual, social, and nature-oriented programming. Basically we want Native youth leaders to have strong organizing skills and strong bonds with other youth and elders across the country. Our facilitators for this camp include: Casey Camp, Arvol Looking Horse, Tom Goldtooth, Sharon Day, Bineshi Albert, Nick Tilsen and more. We’ll be staying in tipis and most of the program takes place outside. We also cover all costs for the trainees".
-Sebi Medina-Tayac (Earth Guardians youth organizer from the Piscataway tribe)
The primary objective of this training is to help the youth trainees/core leaders: a) tap into and re-activate the positive youth energy witnessed during Standing Rock 2016; b) create their own campaign platforms for environmental justice and cultural advocacy; c) preserve their cultural traditions and earth-based way of life, and d) after the training, initiate, establish and implement their own Earth Guardian Crews within their communities and work individually and collectively on land and water protection campaigns.
There is a growing need for positive mentorship and community engagement by youth, for youth on Tribal homelands lands and in urban settings. By encouraging youth leadership development, as well as specific guidance on how decolonization and environmental justice are inseparable, this training is meant to bolster Indigenous youth into positions of leadership, within the movement, away from fossil fuels and towards a regenerative future.
Native American youth suicide rates far surpass the statistics of many other demographics in the USA, as well as rates of addiction, abuse, and health problems. The world witnessed the success of the Standing Rock movement, initiated by Native American youth, which was centered around prayer, engagement of their community, and nonviolent direct action. We saw during Standing Rock that the youth suicide rate on in The Standing Rock Reservation dropped to ZERO! We believe that when young people are purpose-driven and engaged in community action, that they are provided with a new sense of meaning and hope.
Read more about the Training, Mentors, Elders and Youth Visionaries Here!
As we get closer to the time of this historical training, we are gearing up to have 55 youth at the training and many elders and facilitators throughout the week. We are close to reaching our fundraising goal but still have a little ways to go. Youth attending the training will be going back into their communities and starting campaign initiatives to address some of the most pressing problems that the youth in their home towns face. We are still raising funding to have micro grants for the youth to apply for after the training. Please consider DONATING and SHARING this GoFundme so we can make sure we have a proper backend to support the youth who are coming to the training thereafter. Thank you. We cannot do this without your support!
Fam we are overwhelmed with Native youth applying for this training! We had budgeted for 30 and we have 40 thus far wanting to attending, and we are expecting more. Word is out and we do not want to turn any Native youth down if they feel called to be at the training. We are in need of funding more than ever at this point in time, so if you are able to DONATE and/or SHARE please do! We are so grateful....
Trenton J. Casillas-Bakeberg, Mnicoujou & Itazipco Lakota, is one of the 6 youth visioning and designing this Training in light of what is most valuable to his Native peers. Trenton understands the importance of this training to inspire Native youth into positions of leadership. According to him, " I’ve always thought that working to protect the environment and saving Mother Earth starts with reconnecting to our ancestral ways. The planet will live on, but it’s up to us to steer the trajectory of our destructive society back to the roots of humanity. We must help our people remember our species once lived in harmony with nature, before the age of mechanical industrialization, and we can return to that way of life before it’s too late."
Thank you to everyone donated this past month to help us reach our 10K challenge match from the NDN Collective. Now we only have 10K left to go to reach our 30K goal to support the 35 youth, plus mentors, facilitators, and families who will be traveling from across Turtle Island to come to this week long training. Please help us reach our goal this month! We HONESTLY cant do this without you. Click on the the link below to read all about the training. THANK YOU we are grateful.