2018 NYLA Leadership Society Application

Introduction to NYLA

The Native Youth Leadership Alliance is a collective of indigenous youth leaders and elder supporters creating culturally-based community change in Tribal communities. NYLA members value the power of higher education as an important resource in modern leadership and are predominantly students or graduates of Tribal Colleges.

NYLA was founded in 2009 by a committed group of Tribal College students driven to create a Native-led organization that would be fertile ground to strengthen indigenous youth voices and solutions towards holistic community wellness.

Over these past 8 years, NYLA has grown and evolved as a safe space and vibrant hub of Native youth innovation, creativity and healing for visionary young leaders of our time.

NYLA is rooted in indigenous principles and cultural practices of leadership and leadership development.

We are proud to announce the launch of a new leadership initiative, a one-year NYLA Leadership Society that will offer a core group of young leaders intensive support with reflection, strategic planning and resourcefulness for their higher education plans and their leadership and community activism.

Is the NYLA Leadership Society Right for You?

+You are a current student, recent graduate, or preparing to return to a higher education degree program. This can be an undergraduate or graduate program.
+You are indigenous to the United States and have grown up in your home community, or have spent significant periods of your life there.
+You have a life-long commitment to improving your home community and Tribal communities overall.
+You are passionate to make a difference.
+You are committed to your own personal health and wellness.
+You are seeking a peer community of collaborative Native youth leaders and elder supporters.
+You are between the ages of 20-40 years old.
+You practice wellbriety and do not abuse alcohol and drugs.


The NYLA Leadership Society (formerly known as NYLA Fellowship) is a year-long intensive leadership development support program, with an opportunity to extend engagement for the long-term with the NYLA Community after this time is complete.

The NYLA Leadership Society year begins with a National Visioning Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from February 15-19th, 2018 (includes travel days). If selected as a NYLA Leadership Society member it is required to attend retreat. NYLA will cover all travel costs and arrange travel.

The National Visioning Retreat is focused on building interdependent, supportive relationships with peer NYLA members, creating necessary time and space for self-reflection, visioning for the future, and orienting young leaders to the diverse resources that a year in the NYLA Leadership Society offers.


+Increased Resourcefulness (scholarship support, fundraising training)
+Detox from Reactive Leadership: equipping young leaders to lead for life & avoid burn-out
+Design personal and community leadership strategic plans
+Access to transformative life and leadership coaching
+Increased ability to navigate opportunities and relationships
+Custom matches for mentorship support
+Intentional support to foster peer relationships that are positive and inspiring


NYLA Leadership Society Application is live NOW on our website:

Application closes December 23, 2017

Notify new 2018 NYLA Leadership Society members January 24, 2018

NYLA Leadership Society Visioning Retreat February 15-19th, 2018

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Thank you for your time and effort to complete the NYLA Leadership Society application. We honor your willingness to share your story with us and are grateful for the opportunity to get to know you better through the application process. Like the NYLA Leadership Society one-year program, our application process is intensive. We have designed our application process itself to be of benefit to your leadership development.
What is your full name? *
Your answer
What are your Tribal affiliation(s)? *
Your answer
What is your gender identity? *
Your answer
(Optional Question) Do you identify as LGBTQ or Two-Spirit?
Your answer
What is your date of birth? *
What community / ies are you from? Tell us about this / these communities. *
Your answer
Please keep your response between 150-500 words.
What is the most important way you have taken a stand for what you believe in? *
Your answer
Whose leadership qualities do you admire? *
Your answer
Tell us about someone in your family or community that made a big impact on you. How do their teachings and values live on through your own life and leadership? *
Your answer
What is one of the most creative solutions you have developed in your community leadership (or have seen)? *
Your answer
Please keep your response between 150-500 words.
Please share your higher education journey. *
How did you decide to go to college? Why is higher education important to you? What program did you graduate from or are you currently in? Why did you choose this school & program?
Your answer
How did you (or do you) fund your higher education degree program? *
Your answer
Please keep your response between 150-500 words.
What does self care mean to you? *
Your answer
What support do you need to care for yourself, family, community? *
Your answer
What personal challenges have you faced in the past that prevented you from reaching your goals? *
Your answer
Please keep your response between 150-500 words.
What do you consider to be the biggest issues in your community? What impact do they have on community members? *
Your answer
Tell us about your support network. What support do you have in your personal life, leadership, education? *
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If selected as a NYLA fellow, what unique contributions, skills and 'sparks' would you bring? *
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What are the top four supports that will help you most over the course of the NYLA Leadership Society? *
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What is your contact information? *
What way do you prefer us to get in touch with you? Please provide your address, phone number, email address (and facebook address if you use this a lot to communicate).
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Please email your resume, or let us know below what leadership roles you have been a part of – inside or outside of your community.
Email resume (no more than 3 pages) to info [at] nativeyouthleadership.org at time of submitting application. These leadership roles can be within your family, school, community, student government, internships, conferences, gatherings, etc.
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Please provide two references and their contact information (Name, Phone, Email).
To strengthen your application, you can also send letters of recommendation to info [at] nativeyouthleadership.org
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A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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