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White House Announces $3 Million in Grants for Native Youth

The White House announced $3M in Native Youth Community Projects funding to help American Indian and Alaskan Native children become college-ready.

Native Youth Community Projects program funding applications are available starting April 29, the White House announced. Applications for up to seven demonstration projects under the $3-million program are due June 29 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Part of President Barack Obama’s Generation Indigenous initiative, NYCP will support projects to help American Indian and Alaskan Native children become college- and career-ready. The projects must include tribes and the Bureau of Indian Education or public schools and applicants are urged to partner with community-based organizations and institutions of higher education.

Funds can be used for a wide range of in- and out-of-school activities, such as culturally-responsive teaching, access to high-quality preschool or mental health services, according to Joyce Silvern, deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education.

“We are going to be providing extensive technical assistance to applicants to ensure that they have the resources and support that they need to develop high-quality applications, including a pre-application Webinar on May 14,” said Silvern.

“While we know that there’s been tremendous progress in education thanks to the hard work of many educators, families, tribal communities and non-tribal communities, there still remains a lot of work to be done. As highlighted in the White House report of 2014, Native youth are in a state of crisis. The reality is we can fix this. By focusing on Native youth and including community partners alongside tribes we can make a big difference in the lives of a lot of underserved students,” said William Mendoza, executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education.

More information is available on the U.S. Department of Education website.