What is it about?

Urban Native youth are a unique and growing population in the US. This paper describes the impact of a culturally-grounded program for Native youth.

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Why is it important?

Our evaluation findings show that urban Native youth programming is both feasible and appropriate. Urban Native youth wanted access to additional cultural activities. Youth also want specific topics for future programming like drug and alcohol prevention, mental heath, academic success, healthy relationships, and community service projects. These topics and results from this evaluation may help other urban communities as they plan culture-based programming.


This feasibility evaluation was one of the first times we have worked with Urban Native youth. The conceptualization of an Urban Native Youth Leaders program, and the diversity of tribes, organizations, and community involved in this process demonstrates that anything is possible.

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This page is a summary of: A Feasibility Evaluation of the Urban Native Youth Leaders Program, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, January 2019, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health,
DOI: 10.5820/aian.2603.2019.21.
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