Gen-I Network

Sarah Schilling

Sarah Schilling, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Age: 19 
Hometown: Charlevoix, Michigan

After participating in and learning about the youth-led efforts at a National Congress of American Indians conference, Sarah was inspired to take what she learned and develop their tribe's first youth council in 2009. Sarah worked with the tribal council, her peers, and youth programs in the community to organize and create their own constitution, bylaws, code of conduct, and become affiliated with the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) organization. Under Sarah's leadership, the youth council has hosted youth retreats, talking circles and other events to address underage drinking prevention, anti-bullying and suicide prevention. Four years after the council was founded, Sarah graduated from high school but continues to serve as a strong leader in her tribal community. She is a junior advisor who engages younger students and encourages them to serve as strong leaders in her tribal community. She also helps them make a positive transition into new leadership roles. 

  "I feel the youth in my community oftentimes lack a voice. When we as youth are not represented in the community, our people are living out of balance." - Sarah Schilling, 2013 Champion for Change

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