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May 16th, 17th & 18th

2019 marks the 9th Annual Young Native Women's Leadership Academy.

Applications for the 2019 Academy will be accepted until April 16th, 2019. Academy staff will help you to coordinate travel to and from Great Wolf Lodge.  NAN covers your hotel and food while in attendance. 


You will find the application here:  



Native Action Network is proud to announce our ninth annual Young Native Women’s Leadership Academy! This Leadership Conference is designed to empower young women as they continue their journey to become leaders of their community.  Through hands-on training, participants will learn how to advocate for an issue and inspire positive change. 


In 2010, the inaugural class was represented by 26 young Native women from 19 different tribal communities. Through three days of training, they actively participated in eleven workshops that were designed to strengthen their understanding of money, popular media, personal development, goal setting, leadership, tribal sovereignty, Indian law, networking, and self-expression. At the end of the Academy the women left empowered, engaged, and prepared to reach their goals for Indian Country. In 2016, we had participants attend from all over the U.S., Canada, and even New Zealand! 




Native women have, and always will hold a strong, proud, and respected role in traditional Native communities. Native women are bearers of a sacred spirit and hold responsibility as nurturers, teachers, leaders, and warriors to their people and community. As modern society and culture provide distraction and disconnect from traditional values for many young Native women, it becomes imperative to declare and celebrate their true power.  In doing so, these young women must also be prepared with the tools they need to claim their sacred and inherent role as leaders in our communities as they define their future.


Today, over 65% of the Native population is under 25 years old. In this rising generation, Native women are preparing to take lead of Native communities, cultures, and current issues. As a community, we must unite together behind our youth as they prepare to lead Native people to new heights and accomplishments. Every day, important decisions are being made by our tribal council, local business leaders, or community elders. These decisions affect us all, and young Native women have the power to be a part of the decision making process and have their voice heard. Today, we declare their power.  


By joining forces with respected community and national experts, the Native Action Network’s Young Native Women’s Leadership Academy hopes to prepare the next generation of women Native leaders by combining cultural values with modern tools and services. The Youth Academy will include a full day of challenging and invigorating leadership training. We will encourage our young women attendees to push their minds and spirits to new limits through debate and discussion with their peers under the guidance and instruction of honored elders and guests specialized in their fields. Through key presentations combined with hands on team activities, young women will leave transformed, empowered, and prepared to make a positive difference in their communities. Today, we define their futures. 


The journey continues long after the gathering, as graduates of the Native Action Network Leadership Academy will be welcomed into an elite and connected alumni network with the tools to propel graduates to reach their newly defined goals. With each conference our network will expand, providing endless opportunities to network, explore career and educational interests, and share goals with a community of powerful and amazing Native women leaders. 




•Define participant’s goals for the Native community

•Address and uncover issues affecting our Native community and discuss ways to address them

•Further participant’s professional development

•Enhance participant’s skills while developing new ones

•Continue to expand an established network of Native women leaders




The 2019 Leadership Academy will take place May 16-18, 2019. There will be no cost to students for all lodging, meals, and needed materials during the Leadership Academy. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Leadership Academy. All women will be assisted by chaperones throughout their stay. 




We encourage young Native women who are seniors in high school through their final year in college/university to apply. Applications will be judged on the applicant’s potential for leadership and commitment to Native service, as reflected in her application. 



The 2018 Application process is open until APRIL 16th.  Successful applicants will be notified immediately.


To access the 2019 Youth Academy Application click on the link below:

2019 Young Women's Leadership Academy Application!