What are the NPAIHB Youth Delegates?
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s Youth Delegates are a group of Native youth who represent the tribes in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. They collaborate to share their voice on health programs and policies, and learn more about health and wellness careers.
What do the Youth Delegates do?
Youth Delegates will meet in-person and attend virtual trainings throughout the year to develop leadership skills and learn more about health and wellness professions. During the meetings, Youth Delegates will discuss health programs and policies that impact youth in their tribal communities, write and pass resolutions, share their unique voice and perspective, and provide feedback to NPAIHB Delegates.
What is expected of a Youth Delegate?
Youth Delegates will meet 3 times in-person and have 5 virtual (recorded) trainings. They are expected to attend at least 1 in-person meeting and participate in all 5 virtual trainings throughout the year. Officers must attend at least 2 in-person meetings and participate in all 5 virtual trainings.
Who is Involved?
Participation is open to any tribal youth who is between the ages of 14-24, an enrolled member or descendant of one of the 43 tribal nations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and interested in learning more about health and wellness professions. Youth Delegates represent their tribal nation, so only one Youth Delegate will be selected per tribe.
How long can I be involved?
Terms are for 1 year (June 2018 – May 2019). Youth Delegates can reapply to participate another year, as long as they successfully met their obligations the year before and continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
When and how often do we get to meet?
We will meet several different times throughout the year, with 2 in-person meetings scheduled (June, July, and the option to attend the THRIVE Youth Conference in June 2019) and 5 virtual trainings (which will be offered live or as an online recording). In-person meetings will be at the THRIVE Youth Conference (5 days) in Portland, OR in June and at the NPAIHB Quarterly Board Meeting (3 days) hosted by one of the member tribes. Virtual Trainings will typically last 60 minutes and you can attend using your mobile phone or a computer.
Who runs the Youth Delegates? Where does the funding come from?
Youth! Adult staff are involved to support programs and trainings and serve as mentors. The Youth Delegate program is funded through a grant from the Administration for Native Americans
Can I get School Credit and treat this as an internship?
Yes. Since the NPAIHB is a nonprofit, your work as a Youth Delegate can qualify as an internship, which can fulfill community service hours.
Are there any other perks?
We will cover your travel costs to attend in-person meetings, hook you up with free We R Native gear, and provide new opportunities and experiences you can add to your resume.
How do I apply to be a Youth Delegate?
Fill out the application and answer the questions that can be found here. Your application will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of NPAIHB staff and We R Native Youth Ambassadors.
When is the deadline?
The application closes at 11:59pm June 1, 2018
Who do I contact if I have questions?
You can contact our Youth Engagement Coordinator, Tana Atchley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 416-3286.