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 work 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 serve as the official youth policy body for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and its member tribes 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 2020 – June 2021). 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 goals of meeting in-person meetings and monthly virtual meetings. If an In-person meetings would happen they would be at the NPAIHB Quarterly Board Meeting (3 days) hosted by one of the member tribes. Virtual meetings will typically last around 45 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 here. Your 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, Paige Smith at Psmith@npaihb.org or (503) 228-4185 ext. 306