Leadership Summit

Held annually since 2014, the Youth Summit brings participants from across Indian Country to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to spend a week creating lifelong memories and fostering professional and academic skills development. All travel and lodging expenses are covered for accepted applicants.

The Youth Summit allows participants to dive deeper into their interests and develop real-world solutions, highlighted through a capstone project. Experiences during the week include touring Tribal agricultural operations, interfacing with other youth and industry professionals, participating in an Indigenous cooking demonstration, and more. 

Agricultural policy and production areas covered during Youth Summit include: 

  • Agricultural Business and Finance
  • Land Stewardship and Conservation
  • Agricultural Law and Policy
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Animal Science

Applications are currently closed.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative’s Youth Programs!       

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Food and Agriculture Opportunities for Native Youth

Watch this video to hear from the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative’s Carly Griffith Hotvedt on opportunities for Native Youth across Indian Country, including IFAI’s youth programs as well as goal setting, professional tips and more!

The Intertribal Agriculture Council’s Kelsey Scott, Latashia Redhouse, and Keir Johnson-Reyes also provide information on the importance of Native youth in food and agriculture, including IAC resources and other opportunities for Native youth to get involved and gain experience.

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