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Native Youth Grantmakers

This event was held on May 15, 2024 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT


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Join the ECFC/Native Americans in Philanthropy Indigenous Early Childhood Workgroup for an Open-to-All call about the Native Youth Grantmakers! 

Native Youth Grantmakers is designed for Indigenous youth aged 18-24 who are connected to their community (urban, rural, or reservation) and want to grow their leadership skills, advocate for Native youth and youth programs, and learn more about the philanthropic sector.  A year-long course is both in-person and virtual and embraces Indigenous values that can help create conditions for all communities to thrive. As Native people, we are the first philanthropists.

The Native Youth Grantmakers program focuses on:

  • Increasing knowledge of philanthropy
  • Strengthening leadership and advocacy skills
  • Developing and coordinating effective grantmaking strategies
  • Encouraging dialogue between Native youth and Mentors to learn from one another
  • Creating a space to develop meaningful relationships in philanthropy and community

Watch a preview of the Native Youth Grantmakers Program (1min 18secs).

We will be joined by:

Danielle Frank (Hupa and Yurok), Native Youth Coordinator

Danielle Frank is a Hupa Tribal member and Yurok descendant. Frank has been deeply involved in the cultural and political aspects of her community from a very early age. Born during the beginning of a 20-year resistance to undam the Klamath River led by her Tribal communities, Danielle grew up learning from strong indigenous activists.

In high school Frank helped create the Hoopa Valley High School Water protectors club. This was a space for high school students to begin to understand water policy and how they too could influence decisions made regarding their homelands. At this age Danielle also participated in the creation of Save California Salmon’s Advocacy and Water Protection in Native California curriculum as a curriculum review board team member. After following these experiences with a fellowship held by YO! Cali, Danielle served as the Youth Coordinator for Save California Salmon. Working predominantly on providing adequate resources for native youth, water policy, and advocating for the protection of her homelands in Northern California.

In August of 2022 Danielle accepted the title of Miss Na:tini-xwe’ from the Hoopa Tribe, serving as a role model for young Indian Women and as a Cultural Ambassador for the Hoopa Valley Tribe. She is also a Rios to Rivers board member and a student studying Environmental Science with a focus on water policy.

Vernon Miller (Omaha), Program Manager – Indigenous Leadership Initiatives 

Vernon Miller is a member of the Thunder Clan from the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska & Iowa. He has worked in the field of education for over 19 years and his prior work includes higher education administration at Tufts University, Cornell University, Kansas State University, and as a former teacher at Omaha Nation Public Schools.

In addition, as a former Tribal leader, Vernon has served as the Omaha Tribal Chairman and President of the Omaha Nation Public Schools Board of Education. He is also a previous National Racial Equity & Healing Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, an Americans for Indian Opportunity 2010-2011 Ambassador, and a 2016 Fellow with the New Leader’s Council: Omaha Chapter.

Vernon received his Master of Science in Counseling & Student Development from Kansas State University, and his Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Aiy-ye-kwee’ nek-new Ruby King (she/they). Hello, my name is Ruby King and my pronouns are she/they. I’m from the Karuk and Yurok Tribes of Northern California. I am nineteen years old. I grew up on Karuk off-reservation trust land in Orleans, CA. I am currently in my third year of undergrad at the University of California, Berkeley. I’m double majoring in Psychology and Native American Studies. At UC Berkeley, I am a Fiat Lux Scholar and a Berkeley Hope Scholar. While on campus I work as a server and a hostess for mak-’amham, Cafe Ohlone. While at home I Intern with the Karuk Tribes Department of Natural Resources under the Píkyav (“Fix It”) Field Institute which focuses on K-12 Environmental Education through the integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and western science. As a youth I participated in several leadership roles as well, such as, serving three years as the Orleans Karuk Youth Leadership Council’s Vice-Chairwoman, and spending a year as a Youth ambassador for Two-Feathers Native American Family Services.

I am very passionate about cultural revitalization, and mental health in my community. My main goal through my education and career opportunities is to learn how to better navigate systems and spaces, that will allow me to help create and broaden opportunities, resources, and pathways for my community– specifically the youth.

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Registration is not required.  Zoom Access to Join us on May 15th:

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