Youth Delegates

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s (NPAIHB) 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.

Youth Delegates serve a 1-year term from July 2019 – June 2020, and serve as the official youth policy body for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and its member tribes. This diverse group of Native youth (ages 14-24) must be enrolled members or a descendant of one of the 43 NPAIHB member tribes located in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Youth Delegates provide recommendations to the NPAIHB and other state and federal agencies about health programs and policies that affect young people.

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 attend the summer (July 2019) and winter (January 2020) NPAIHB Quarterly Board Meetings as well as attend monthly virtual meetings. Additional leadership opportunities may become available throughout the year. Unless approved, Youth Delegates are expected attend all in-person meetings and monthly virtual meetings.

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.  

How long can I be involved?

Terms are for 1 year (July 2019 – June 2020). 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 (July 2019 and January 2020) and monthly virtual meetings. In-person meetings will be at the NPAIHB Quarterly Board Meeting (3 days) hosted by one of the member tribes. Virtual meetings will typically last 60 minutes and you can attend using your mobile phone or a computer. Additional leadership opportunities may also be a possibility.

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 hereYour application will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of NPAIHB staff and current Youth Delegates.

When is the deadline?

The application closes at 11:59pm May 19, 2019

Who do I contact if I have questions?

You can contact our Youth Engagement Coordinator, Tana Atchley-Culbertson at tatchley@npaihb.org or (503) 416-3286.

Two types of member positions are available: Officers and At-Large

OFFICERS:

  • All Officers are required to attend the two in-person meetings and participate in all virtual meetings in addition to their specific officer role.
    • Co-Chairs
    • Secretary
    • Digital Historian
    • Social Media/Communications Lead

AT-LARGE MEMBERS:

  • Follow the same duties as Officers, but have less demanding roles. At-Large members are required to attend at least one in-person meeting and participate in all virtual meetings.

Youth Delegates will:

  • Learn about health careers, governance structures, and policy
  • Explore Indigenous Leadership styles by strengthening networking skills and sharing their personal story
  • Enhance their relationship-building and team-work skills
  • Advocate for positive changes in healthcare and public health systems important to their Tribal communities

To be eligible, Youth Delegates:

  • Must be an enrolled member or descendant of one of the 43 NPAIHB member tribes located in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
  • Must be between the ages of 14-24.
  • Must have an interest in exploring a career in a health or wellness field.
  • Must be able and willing to participate in delegate trainings, projects and activities.
  • Must be prepared to represent themselves, their Tribe, NPAIHB, and the cohort of delegates with honor and respect at a regional and national level.
  • Must have access to social media, a phone and/or email account for regular communications with NPAIHB staff.

The application for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) Youth Delegates is available here.

Have questions about the program? Want to learn more? Email tatchley@npaihb.org

Applications close 11:59 PM MAY 19, 2019

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and We Are Healers are committed to supporting American Indian & Alaska Native youth (14-24 years old) interested in pursuing healthcare professions. Please consider hosting a student intern or connecting them to this paid job shadow opportunity.

Stipend: Selected youth will receive $600 to cover their internship time and/or travel.

Scope of Work: Host sites will provide student interns with hands-on training in health careers, health promotion strategies, research and evaluation methods, or community-based participatory research.

Duration: The timing and duration of the internship can be determined by the site. We’ve seen some internships last two weeks (working full time), and others last a semester (working a few hours per week).

Instructions: Please fill out an online application form:

  • Site Application Form. Priority will be given to sites who already have a youth intern identified, but applications will also be accepted from sites needing help finding a match.
  • Youth Stipend Application Form. Priority will be given to youth who already have an host site identified, but applications will also be accepted from youth needing help finding a match.

Eligible Participants 

  • American Indian or Alaska Native youth (14 to 24 years-old)
  • Interested in a health or wellness career

Eligible Internship Sites

  • IHS, Tribal or Urban Indian Clinics (I/T/U)
  • Indian Health Boards & Tribal Epidemiology Centers
  • Other clinics or health promotion agencies that serve AI/ANs

Number of Awards Available: 12 or more per year

Due: Applications will be filled on a rolling basis and are due by July 1, 2019.

Evaluation: At the end of the internship, we will ask you to complete this brief online Youth Feedback Form and Site Feedback Form, to help document internship activities and outcomes.

Payment Process: Unless otherwise requested, checks will be made out to the youth (requiring a social security number), but will be mailed to the host site for payment after the internship.

Can sites host more than one intern? Yes. Sites can host up to 4 student interns.

Want to work at the NPAIHB: Anyone interested in an Internship at the NPAIHB should also fill out the Board’s Internship Application Form, available here: http://www.npaihb.org/npaihb-internship-opportunities/

For More Information: Please contact Stephanie Craig Rushing (scraig@npaihb.org) or Tana Atchley-Culbertson (tatchley@npaihb.org)

Thanks for all that you do!

Stephanie and Tana