Developing future conservation leaders

 
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2019 Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress

July 7th - 13th

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

National Conservation Training Center

698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Mission

The mission of the Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress (NYCALC) 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.

 

Goals

  • Provide a unique, meaningful, and inclusive experience in a safe learning environment for all participants

  • Provide training for Native youth, Jr. Faculty, community mentors, and conservation professionals (conservation, S.T.E.M., leadership, outdoor skills)

  • Increase awareness of environmental issues

  • Motivate and inspire ownership and empowerment related to the future well-being of their tribe and community

  • Cultivate and nurture emerging youth leaders

  • Learn from each other and their respective cultures

  • Empower communities to implement or continue existing programs via mini-grant opportunities

  • Make personal and professional lifetime connections

  • Broaden the awareness of the roles and responsibilities of conservation agencies and organizations

  • Improve federal employee and Native leadership cultural competencies and relationships through training

  • FUN!

 
 

Learning tools to address environmental change and conservation challenges

 
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History

The Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress (NYCALC) is held in July at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Congress includes a diverse mix of urban and rural students from tribal communities located throughout the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and American Samoa. In 2018, The Congress was attended by 81 high school students representing over 30 indigenous tribes and communities, with 24 mentors, 15 agency-nominated college students who participated as Junior Faculty, and employees representing over ten federal agencies and partners who participated as Faculty.