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. We invite applicants to join the 1st annual cohort of NPAIHB Youth Delegates. Apply today!

New members will serve from 2018-2019, and will become 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 will provide recommendations to the NPAIHB and other state and federal agencies about health programs and policies that affect young people. The goal is to involve youth in all levels of community decision-making.

No more than one Youth Delegate will be selected per member tribe.

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 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 at least two in-person meetings and participate in all 5 virtual trainings in addition to their specific officer role.
    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • 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 5 virtual trainings.

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 a phone and email account for regular communications with NPAIHB staff.

We invite applicants to join the 1st annual cohort of Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) Youth Delegates. Have questions about the program? Want to learn more? Email tatchley@npaihb.org

Make sure your full application arrives no later than 11:59 PM JUNE 1, 2018

Youth can apply: