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. The 1st annual cohort of NPAIHB Youth Delegates is now closed.

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.

The application for the 1st annual cohort of Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) Youth Delegates is now closed. Have questions about the program? Want to learn more? Email tatchley@npaihb.org

Applications closed 11:59 PM JUNE 1, 2018

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, We Are Healers, and We R Native and are committed to supporting American Indian & Alaska Native youth (14-24 years old) interested in pursuing healthcare professions.

Youth Instructions: Please complete the online 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.

Site Supervisor Instructions: Please complete the online 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Due: Applications will be reviewed and filled on a rolling basis.

Number of Awards Available: 12 awards will be funded per year.

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

Scope of Work: Host sites must agree to 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).

Eligible Participants  

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

Eligible Internship Sites

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

Learning Objectives: Participants will:

  • learn about tribal health professions and career paths
  • establish mentorships with a health professional
  • learn about community-based participatory research strategies
  • have participated in a resume-building job shadow, internship or work experience

Evaluation: At the end of the internship, pleasecomplete 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.

For More Information: Please contact Stephanie Craig Rushing (scraig@npaihb.org)