Native Youth Leadership Alliance


Watch video to learn more about our program, produced by NYLA board member, David Cournoyer (Sicangu Lakota) from PlainDepth Consulting


NYLA honors the reality that Native youth are leading now and for the future


NYLA retreat with Tulalip Youth Council


In 2014, NYLA expanded our leadership training to include younger Natives through the Youth Are Leading Now culturally based leadership program. This program adapts the NYLA Leadership Society curriculum to mobilize middle and high school aged Native leaders in the Northwest. We have been working with Tribal Youth Councils to help youth build their cultural organizing, self care, and leadership capacities.


Making rose hip jam at ATNI Youth Forum Spokane

We offer this program through our partnership with Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Youth Committee. ATNI is a regional organization comprised of tribal leaders in the Northwest dedicated to the promotion of tribal self determination and sovereignty.

To date we’ve successfully brought the Youth Are Leading Now program to numerous tribal communities across the Northwest.



Our programming is intentional, youth driven, youth determined and grounded in the following values and practices:

  • De-marginalization of youth
  • Indigenous pubic speaking
  • Community organizing
  • Goal setting
  • Educational planning & academic support
  • Indigenous life and leadership coaching
  • Self care
  • Native foods & medicines
  • #RadicalFierceSelfLove
Kalispel youth council member at NYLA retreat