For over two decades, Youth Leadership has provided thousands of American Indian students with resources to turn possibilities into realities.
Youth Leadership began in 1986 as a week long summit for a handful of students. It has grown into a community based program serving over one thousand students and their communities.
At no cost to the communities and schools, Futures for Children provides training, curriculum, and follow-up support. Through experiential based leadership activities, planning, and implementing student driven leadership projects, students gain the knowledge and skills to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Each year, Futures for Children orchestrates Youth Leadership Summits so that groups can network with one another and build on the skills learned with their home group.
Youth Leadership Summits
Leadership. Goal Setting. Self Awareness.
Futures began the Youth Leadership Program in 1986. Youth Leadership started as a weeklong camp involving high school juniors and seniors for leadership development activities.
To continue this vision and success, Futures for Children hosts annual Youth Leadership Summits. At the summits, Youth Leadership participants are teamed up with fellow students from other tribes, communities, and schools. The main focus of the summits is to bring students from diverse cultures together to enhance their leadership skills and accentuate their teambuilding capabilities.
Students from Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo communities participate in a number of valuable activities, including confidence building ropes courses, environmental outreach workshops, service learning projects, question and answer sessions with American Indian professionals, public speaking exercises, and team development activities.
The summit is crucial in exposing students to people and cultures they have not ever been introduced to, in increasing self-reliance by being away from home and their “comfort zone,” in creating lifelong friendships, and in further reinforcing the importance of teamwork and leadership, in individuals and in communities.