Youth Advisory Board
One of the ways in which CNAY fosters continued youth engagement is through its Youth Advisory Board. The Youth Advisory Board is made up of the five most recently recognized Champions for Change, along with alumni from previous classes. As board members, Champions for Change act in an advisory capacity to guide and maximize the impact of our organization. CNAY solicits the input of these youth board members on a variety of issues, according to each person's area of expertise and interest.
Sarah Schilling Keith Martinez Vanessa Goodthunder
Rory Taylor is a college student and the executive director of the Claremont College IndigeNATION Scholars program at Pomona College. Rory works with his college peers to facilitate teaching sessions at local high schools that focus on college readiness, cultural education, and helping Native students connect with their tribal nations.
Samuel Slater leads a Navajo Nation Service Learning Trip for students at his high school in Washington, DC. In collaboration with his school, tribal government, and various agencies and individuals on the Navajo Reservation, Sam coordinates this annual two-week learning experience that teaches non-Native students about tribal history, innovation, sovereignty, government and culture through direct community service. Sam’s initiative is as an educational tool that seeks to enhance his peers’ understanding of Navajo culture through meaningful shared experiences.