U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson launched the Communities that Work Partnership, a brand new joint project aimed at accelerating industry-led workforce development and training efforts.

Secretary Pritzker has made skills and workforce development a top priority for the Department of Commerce, and is working with the private sector and government leaders at all levels as part of the ‘Skills for Business’ initiative to prepare workers with the training needed to secure the 21st century jobs business leaders are seeking to fill.

At today’s event, it was announced that AspenWSI has published a website with information about the initiative here. Their national selection committee will competitively select six teams from different regions. AspenWSI will document the strategies and lessons learned from these six original teams and provide new learning tools and case studies that can help communities and regions across the nation develop their talent pipelines to fill in-demand jobs.

AspenWSI was selected from among a dozen other applicants to partner with Commerce because of its proven track record and innovative work with workforce and leadership development.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. www.aspeninstitute.org

Key Facts for Prospective Applicants

  • National Webinar for Prospective Applicants: May 13, 2015, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT. To watch the recording click here.
  • Requests to Participate Due Date: June 5, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Selection Announcement: July 13, 2015
  • Opening Learning Exchange Retreat: September 14-16, 2015, at The Aspen Institute’s Wye River conference center near Baltimore, MD
  • Resources: Travel and lodging for 3-4 registered members of each selected regional collaborative to participate in two learning exchange retreats, ongoing strategic coaching, and access to a pool of customized technical assistance services
  • Period of Performance: July 2015 to September 2016
  • Contact for Questions: Bill Browning, AspenWSI, at Bill.Browning@Aspeninst.org

 

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White House to Host Tribal Youth Gathering

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 9, 2015, the White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

The Tribal Youth Gathering, a collaboration between the White House and Unity Inc., will continue to build upon the President’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country. President Obama launched the Gen-I initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.

The Gen-I Native Youth Challenge invites Native youth and organizations across the country to become a part of the Administration’s Gen-I initiative by joining the National Native Youth Network — a White House effort in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Youth who complete the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge will be eligible to register for a chance to attend the upcoming White House Tribal Youth Gathering. The application to attend the Gathering can be found HERE. Additional details about the conference will be released at a later date.

As part of Generation Indigenous (Gen-I), the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is hosting a series of Gen-I Engagement Chats online for youth. We had our first chat two weeks ago and had a lot of great participation from youth, community members and tribal leaders. If you are a Native youth interested in learning more about the Gen-I Challenge, join CNAY on April 8 at 8:00PM EST for the second ONLINE chat!

The chat will focus on the Gen-I Challenge, with a special emphasis on taking the Challenge before the April 10 deadline to be eligible for the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering. Participants can ask questions about the Challenge, share updates on their progress, talk through their process in completing the Challenge and discuss issues that Native youth face. More information about the Gen-I Engagement Chat is provided below.

Chat Details:

  • Date: April 8
  • Time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Where: www.gen-i.chatango.com (directions below)
  • Topic: Gen-I Challenge
  • Discussion Question: Why should foundations and corporations support and invest in Native youth?

Chat Instructions:

To join the Gen-I Engagement Chat, you will go to www.gen-i.chatango.com. Once you get to the chat platform, click “Set Name” in the bottom right hand corner so we know who is on the call. You don’t have to create an account, but please be sure to create a temporary name with no spaces (example: ShoniSchimmel). Once you’ve created a name, you’re all set and ready to chat!

We hope you are able to join us for the April 8 chat! Just a reminder, there is no call-in information since this chat will occur online. Our next Gen-I Engagement phone call will happen on April 23 and we will share information as we get closer to that date. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to CNAY by contacting ryan.ward@aspeninstitute.org or (202) 736-2908

Through ongoing outreach into Indian Country and listening sessions with Native youth, the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) consistently hears that young people want to be engaged in a large network of their peers that also provides increased access to new and exciting opportunities and serves as a resource for their communities. In support of Gen-I, CNAY is excited to create a new leadership opportunity to engage and support a large network of “young movers and shakers” in Indian Country – Gen-I Youth Ambassadors.

What is a Gen-I Youth Ambassador? 
Gen-I Youth Ambassadors serve as spokespersons for Gen-I and CNAY. CNAY works closely with these youth to foster their development as community liaisons who share resources and opportunities with their peers and communities. Specifically, Gen-I Youth Ambassadors will:

  • Be eligible to participate in the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering; 
  • Be part of a growing Gen-I Network of community leaders and young experts in the field;
  • Serve as direct connections to tribal and urban Indian communities; and 
  • Provide their perspectives on priorities for youth in Indian Country. 
Becoming a Gen-I Youth Ambassador:
The Gen-I Youth Ambassador network consists of leaders between the ages of 14 and 24 who want to directly connect with CNAY, the Administration, and key stakeholders, and also actively promote Gen-I and encourage peers and communities to support and/or get involved in positive community projects.

  • Accept the Gen-I Youth Challenge;
  • Sign up as a Gen-I Youth Ambassador to be added to the National Native Youth Network map; and
  • Follow Gen-I on Facebook & Twitter

UPDATE: Youth who sign up for the Gen-I Youth Challenge BY FRIDAY, APRIL 10 will be eligible to attend the 2015 White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC this summer!

CLICK HERE TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TODAY!
https://aspeninstitute.wufoo.com/forms/geni-native-youth-challenge/

By signing up for the Gen-I Youth Challenge, you are agreeing to take the following steps to create positive change in your community:

Step 1: ACT. Within 30 days of accepting the challenge, work with other youth in your community or at your school to do something positive of your choosing (for example: do a volunteer project with a local organization or charity, visit with elders in your community, or become a mentor to a younger person). You can use Toolkits from the National Native Youth Network and their partners to help you in this work.  Your local tribal youth council, urban tribal youth group, or Native youth organization may also be resources.

Step 2:  CAPTURE. Document your community efforts through a short summary (3-4 sentences) and with photos and video!

Step 3: SHARE. Share your story online using #Gen-I and send to the National Native Youth Network here.  The National Native Youth Networkor the White House may even feature your story!

Step 4: PARTICIPATE. By participating in the National Native Youth Network, you may be invited to apply to send a representative to the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2015.

Make sure to accept the challenge HERE.

Gen-I Engagement Online Chat – 3/25 7pm EST

As part of Generation Indigenous (Gen-I), the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) will host a series of Gen-I Engagement Chats online for youth. If you are a Native youth interested in learning more about the Gen-I Challenge, join CNAY on March 25 at 7:00PM EST for the first chat!

The first chat will focus on the Gen-I Challenge and participants can ask questions about the Challenge, share updates on their progress, talk through any challenges and/or successes in completing the Challenge, and discuss issues that Native youth face. More information about the Gen-I Engagement Chat is provided below.

Chat Details:

  • Date: March 25
  • Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Where: www.gen-i.chatango.com (directions below)
  • Topic: Gen-I Challenge
  • Discussion Question: What are the top three challenges that Native American youth face?

Chat Instructions:

To join the Gen-I Engagement Chat, you will go to www.gen-i.chatango.com. Once you get to the chat platform, click “Set Name” in the bottom right hand corner so we know who is on the call. You don’t have to create an account, but please be sure to create a temporary name with no spaces (example: ShoniSchimmel). Once you’ve created a name, you’re all set and ready to chat!

We hope you are able to join us for tomorrow night’s chat! There is no call-in information since this chat will occur online. Our next Gen-I Engagement phone call will happen next month. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to CNAY by contacting ryan.ward@aspeninstitute.org or (202) 736-2908.

Dial in Thursday, March 19 from 6-7pm EST for a call about the Gen-I Initiative and the Gen-I Challenges with the Center for Native American Youth! The call will feature updates from the White House as well as from a tribal leader and a youth who have accepted the Challenge. CNAY will also be announcing prizes for youth who commit to the Challenge!! So tune in!

Please join the call to learn more and ask questions by using the call-in information below. RSVP for the call here.

If you are not able to join tomorrow, there will be future opportunities to stay engaged through calls and Gen-I Engagement Chats online. You can also email ryan.ward@aspeninst.org or call (202) 736-2908 for specific questions regarding Gen-I and the Challenges.

Call Information below:

Date and time:

  • March 19
  • 6pm — 7pm EST

Call-In Information:

  • Dial:                    (712) 775-7031
  • Meeting ID:         549-705-684

The White House will host a call on Monday, March 16th at 3:00 PM to discuss the Obama Administration’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative. You will hear from key Administration officials, tribal leaders, and organization partners on the structure of Gen I and how you can get involved. There will be an opportunity for comments and Q&A.

Additional information about the President’s Gen-I initiative can be found in the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference Fact sheet, and the FY16  President’s Budget Fact Sheet: Standing with Indian Country. Information on how you can get involved directly in Gen I by taking the Gen I Challenge for Native youth, tribal leaders, and organizations, can be found on the White House blog:

Please use the dial-in information below. We look forward to speaking with you.

Call Details

  • Date: Monday, March 16th
  • Time: 3:00 PM ET, please join 5-7 minutes early to avoid connection delays
  • Dial in Number: 1-855-845-4321 Event ID: 600572

(Please note that lines are limited. Callers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the call has reached capacity).

This call is off the record and not for press purposes. We look forward to speaking with you.

Do you know about the Gen-I Challenge? The Challenge is available to Native American youth, colleges, organizations, corporations and many other stakeholders. Challenge acceptors are asked to follow simple steps to complete the challenge, with the initial step of just making a commitment.Seneca SewingAn acceptor commits to take the Challenge by filling out this form and sharing a brief description about what that person, youth council, organization, corporation, etc., is planning to do. The activities description can be a rough draft, but we still want to hear what the acceptors’ awesome plans are for making a difference in their communities. It’s also a great way for us to stay in touch and offer support and information as acceptors complete their challenge. At any time, acceptors can reach out to the Center for Native American Youth to ask questions about eligibility and find resources for completing the challenge.Once you commit to the Challenge and fill out the form, you have 90 days to complete the challenge. To complete the challenge, acceptors will take the following steps:

1.  ACT – Within 30 days of taking the challenge, youth, organizations, and corporations should work to do something positive of their choosing.

a.       Examples of positive activities include: completing a volunteer project with a local organization or charity, starting an internship for Native American youth at your business or corporation, hosting a meeting with other youth to brainstorm how to address an issue of concern in their community, offering an academic scholarship for Native American youth or becoming a mentor to a younger person.

b.      This toolkit can help get you started!

2.  CAPTURE – Document your community efforts through a short summary (3-4 sentences) and with photos and video!

a.       The more photos and videos, the better!

3.  SHARE – Share your story online using #Gen-I and send the National Native Youth Network your story by clicking “Share Your Gen-I Story” at http://cnay.org/ShareGenIStory.html. The National Native Youth Network and/or the White House may even feature your story so make sure you include all relevant information and documentation!

4.  PARTICIPATE – By participating in the National Native Youth Network, you may be invited to be a part of the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2015. Participation includes taking the challenge, but also staying involved through Twitter and/or Facebook.

If you have questions about the challenge process, please reach out to ryan.ward@aspeninst.org. More information about Gen-I can be found here and you can stay up to date with activities on Twitter at @gen_indigenous and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GenIndigenous.