Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 08:00 to Friday, July 14, 2017 - 17:00

The Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress is a week-long student environmental conference for approximately 100 Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander high school students interested in environmental issues, natural resource conservation, community leadership and public service. We aim to achieve a broad representation of Native communities across the country, so student enrollment from each community is competitive and may be limited. This event is sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Students competitively selected via the attached application will be admitted as a school or community group of 3-5 current 10-12 th grade students with 1 adult mentor per group, who will serve as their event travel chaperone and team leader during the entire event. Travel to and from the event, conference lodging/meals for both students and adult mentors will be paid for by the federal agency partners.

Goal of the NYCALC

The goal is to foster an inclusive, meaningful educational event for aspiring Native youth leaders interested in addressing environmental issues facing Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander communities. The Congress will include a diverse mix of Native communities from various geographic locations, including both urban and rural students. The Congress teaches about environmental change and conservation to help develop leadership skills for addressing conservation issues in Native communities.

WHEN: July 9-14, 2017

Join students from across the country to discuss community adaptation and related environmental issues impacting Native peoples. The mission of the Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress is to develop future conservation leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address environmental change and conservation challenges to better serve their schools and home communities.


Small groups (3-5) of Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander 10-12 th Grade High School Students

Accepted students will travel with an adult chaperone from their community to and from the event.

WHERE: National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), Shepherdstown, West Virginia,

COST: None

All student travel to the Congress, lodging, and food costs at NCTC will be paid for by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other federal agency partners.


If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service via e-mail at