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YOUTH PROGRAM

OUR MISSION

EDUCATE AND EMPOWER NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH

In response to the growing age gap in the agriculture industry, IAC prioritized creating youth programs. We wholeheartedly believe that youth are the future and deserve a running start.

The Youth Program provides internships, funding assistance with scholarships, and technical assistance to support youth agricultural endeavors.

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

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IAC Rocky Mountain Youth Regional Summit 

June 13-14

The Rocky Mountain Youth Regional Summit will include 2 days of informative sessions, along with on-site demonstrations. Topics will range from community development, natural resources, food sovereignty, Tribal enterprise, Native climate resources, youth loans, and USDA opportunities. Breakfast and lunch will included for attendees both days. 

Contact: Sunshine Tso - sunshine@indianag.org

Venue Address: 

Big Horn Resort 1801 Majestic Ln, Billings, MT 59102

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IAC Great Plains Youth Regional Summit 

July 29-30

The Intertribal Agriculture Council Youth Program invites you to participate in the first ever Great Plains Regional Youth Summit! This summit will be held in Bismarck, North Dakota on July 29-30. The Great Plains Regional Youth Summit will include 2 days of informative sessions, along with on-site demonstrations. Topics will range from community development, natural resources, food sovereignty, Tribal enterprise, Native climate resources, youth loans, and USDA opportunities.
 

Youth ages 14-26 are welcome to apply. All youth under the age of 21 will need to be accompanied by a chaperone. 

 

Breakfast and lunch will be included for attendees both days.

Contact: Sunshine Tso - sunshine@indianag.org

Venue Address: 

Bismarck Hotel and Conference Center (TBD)

Bismark, ND

Bob Miller Memorial Scholarship

2024 Bob Miller Memorial Scholarship

Up to twenty-four (24) recipients will receive a $2,000 scholarship, receiving $1,000 in the fall semester and $1,000 in the spring semester.

Students that have participated in Intertribal Agriculture Council's (IAC) Youth activities are eligible to apply for the Bob Miller Memorial Scholarship. Previous youth involvements include participation in lAC Youth Summits, Internships, and Essay Contests. Past Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply in a concurrent year and are considered against the entire applicant pool.


Preference will be given to full-time, undergraduate students. Part-time or graduate students will be considered after full-time, undergraduate students.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.25.

Apply by Friday, March 29th, 2024 at 11:59 PM (PST).

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Transcript/Academic Admission Documentation

  • Returning College Students: Students must provide an unofficial copy of their college transcripts

  • First-Time College Students: Students must provide an admission letter and a copy of their high school transcripts

  • Application Essay

Two (2) Professional Reference Letters 

Cover Letter

Resume

National Youth Advisory Council

The IAC National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) serves as the advising body under the IAC Youth Program. NYAC will openly communicate with the Youth Program Director to ensure the needs of youth throughout Indian Country are properly met within the IAC's offered programming.

2024 NYAC applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions have been filled. Eligible applicants shall be 18-27 years of age. Open Council positions are for the following regions: Alaska, Eastern, Great Lakes, Navajo, Rocky Mountain, Southwest, Southern Plains, and Western.


Successful NYAC applicants will serve in shaping the leadership roles that this body will carry forward.

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Apply by Friday, March 29th, 2024 at 11:59 PM (PST).

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Summer Internships

2024 Summer Internship

Intertribal Agriculture Council (lAC), in partnership with the
Natural Resource Conservation Service, is recruiting undergraduate, junior college, and community college students or Native individuals seeking experience in Tribal agriculture and natural resources. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are passionate about promoting the regeneration of natural resources and addressing food scarcity within their communities.

 

Throughout the internship, students will gain an in-depth perspective and innovative understanding of how to effectively inspire conservation on the landscape, healthy eating habits, and food sovereignty. If you seek opportunities for professional development such as networking with peers and organizations or agencies, traveling, public speaking, and attending career-building workshops, this is the internship for you!

Apply by Friday, March 29th, 2024 at 11:59 PM (PST).

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An IAC Internship Program Facilitator (PF) will be assigned to work with the intern throughout the duration of the summer. Interns will work with a Project Site, which may include Tribal Land Offices, Tribal environmental departments, Tribal non-profits or organizations, Tribal  Conservation districts, local schools, community gardens, NRCS offices, or others TBD. Interns will work with IAC PF to design a personalized internship experience focused in but not limited to: natural resources, land management, conservation planning,  regenerative agriculture, and/or traditional foods. 

 

The IAC will pair the intern with a local NRCS office, where they will be exposed to the NRCS 9-Step Planning Process, Tribal Assistance programs, student and recent graduate programs, job shadowing/career exploration, and NRCS field days.

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2023 YOUTH CONFERENCE

We are grateful for the youth in attendance at the 2023 IAC Annual Conference. Hearing your voices during the General Session and seeing your participation in the 2023 Youth Essay Contest demonstrates long-term agricultural viability in Indian Country. 

Together, we foster solutions for more equitable resource access and preserve cultural heritage. Let's continue paving the way to a prosperous future for Native communities.

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Sunshine Tso

Youth Administrative Specialist

sunshine@indianag.org

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Youth Program Director

elaini@indianag.org

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