U.S. Department of Education: Native Youth Community Program
Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) aim to support community-led, comprehensive projects to help American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children become college- and career-ready. NYCP funding is one of many efforts across the Federal government to coordinate, measure progress, and make investments in Native youth programs. These grants are designed to help communities improve educational outcomes for Native youth, specifically college- and career-readiness, through strategies tailored to address the specific challenges and build upon the specific opportunities and culture within a community. Such strategies can include supplemental academic programs or courses, social-emotional services, cultural education, and other support services for AI/AN students and families.
NYCP projects are based on a partnership that includes at least one Tribe and one school district or Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-funded school. The partnership is expected to facilitate capacity building within the community, generating positive results and practices for student college-and-career readiness beyond the period of Federal financial assistance.
The NYCP includes the following priorities:
Absolute priority – Native Youth Community Projects: Applicants must fulfill the requirements of a Native Youth Community Project (see solicitation for full definition). A native youth community project must be:
(1) Focused on a defined local geographic area
(2) Centered on the goal of ensuring that Indian students are prepared for college and careers
(3) Informed by evidence, which could be either a needs assessment conducted within the last three years or other data analysis, on (i) greatest barriers, both in and out of school, to the readiness of local Indian students for college and careers; (ii) opportunities in the local community to support Indian students; and (iii) local policies, programs, practices, service providers, and funding sources
(4) Focused on one or more barriers or opportunities with a community-based strategy or strategies and measurable objective
Competitive preference priorities:
- Priority 1: Tribal lead applicants
- Priority 2: Tribal partnership
- Priority 3: Promoting equity in student access to educational resources and opportunities.
To meet Priority 3 preferences, projects must be designed to to promote educational equity and adequacy in resources and opportunity for underserved students, as follows:
- In one or more of the following educational settings: (i) Elementary school; (ii) Middle school; (iii) High school; (iv) Career and technical education programs; (iv) Out-of-school-time settings; and/or (vi) Alternative schools and program.
- That examines the sources of inequity and inadequacy and implements responses, and that includes increasing the number and proportion of experienced, fully certified, in-field, and effective educators, and educators from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds or the communities they serve, to ensure that underserved students have educators from those backgrounds and communities and are not taught at disproportionately higher rates by uncertified, out-of-field, and novice teachers compared to their peers.
Amount: $18,000,000 is available to make up to 40 awards that range from $400,000-$500,000. The project period is up to 60 months.
Eligibility: The following entities, either alone or in a consortium, are eligible under this program: (a) State Educational Agencies (SEAs); (b) Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law; (c) An Indian Tribe; (d) An Indian organization; (e) A federally supported elementary school or secondary school for Indian students; (f) Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs).
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