In what was a first for the National Center, and likely a first across Indian Country, RES kicked off with the NCAIED’s newest initiative, the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit! (YES!). YES! brought together nearly 200 Native youth from the surrounding Pueblo, Apache, Ute and Navajo communities. These youth were able to hear from people who have “walked the walk” and become successful, including Native American entrepreneurs, Pueblo of Pojoaque Governor Joseph Talachy, noted educator and speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin, chemist “Grand Hank,” and several others.
The look and excitement on participants’ faces told us all we needed to know – that YES! showed Native youth that they can be successful in whatever field they choose. We’re already making plans for an even bigger and better YES! next year at National RES Las Vegas 2016 and at other RES events across the country.
We were excited to work with UNITY – United National Indian Tribal Youth – to get the word out about YES!. The efforts of NCAIED and UNITY to focus more on entrepreneurial training and outreach to American Indian youth will continue to expand in the future. Stay tuned for additional collaboration.