Annual National Conference Youth Track
Each year, as a part of our National Training Conference (NTC), the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) sponsors a Native Youth Track as an integral part of the NTC. The Youth Track is designed to provide Native American students an opportunity to learn about careers within the Federal Government, to meet American Indian and Alaska Native federal employees, and to gain first hand experience in understanding the positive role that Native employees can play in enabling their respective agencies to better fulfill the federal trust responsibility and honor the unique federal-tribal relationship.
Since 2005 SAIGE has incorporated a development track devoted to American Indian College Students at its annual training program. Youth Track attendees are selected by a competitive process and receive full funding to the training program. They receive leadership training, participate in team building activities and hear from Indian Country’s best inspirational speakers.
The Youth Track is integrated into the larger program on the second day, allowing for invaluable networking opportunities and mentorship, culminating in a career fair with recruiters from schools and government agencies. SAIGE is now in the process of instituting a year-long Youth Program that will continue to provide opportunities for our best and brightest.
SAIGE: Who we are
What are SAIGE’s goals for the Youth Track?
The Society has as its goals to encourage Native American youth to:
- realize their full potential by providing leadership in their community and schools,
- continue their education in order to gain college-level degrees, particularly in the multitude of public service professions, and
- ultimately, to seek a career in the government sector.
SAIGE also promotes the value of diversity in the federal workplace, including the traditional teachings and values of Native people. As Native federal employees, we have a great deal to offer our respective agencies and organizations as they strive to fulfill and honor the federal trust obligation to federally-recognized American Indian Tribes and to provide programs and services to American Indian and Alaska Native people, in general.
What will you learn?
Our youth track program typically involves leadership and skills training, with a focus on topics of interest to young people. Students also participate in general sessions and other workshops with federal employees in the SAIGE annual conference. Students will be provided a mentor who will assist them throughout the conference and they will have plenty of networking opportunities with conference sponsors, federal employees including Native professionals and, of course, other students.
Who can Apply?
The Youth Track is open to Native students who:
- Will be at least 18 years of age and no more than 25 years of age as of June 1 of the year they are applying, and
- Are enrolled and in good standing at an accredited high school, college or university for the upcoming school year.
- Are interested in gaining a professional degree and in the possibility of pursing a career with the federal government.
For more information on the SAIGE Youth Program, or to become a Youth Sponsor, contact JoAnn Brant at firstname.lastname@example.org
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