Youth-Driven Strategies to Invest in Two Spirit Programs: Empowerment Through Cultural Reclamation

Date: March 30, 2016 01:30 PM - March 30, 2016 03:30 PM
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Youth-Driven Strategies to Invest in Two Spirit Programs: Empowerment Through Cultural Reclamation

The International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) ), Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP), and Funders for LGBTQ issues invite you to join us to discuss Youth-Driven Strategies to Invest in Two Spirit Programs, on Wednesday, March 30th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, at the Radisson Blu hotel in Minneapolis, MN. This afternoon session will place a special emphasis on youth, it will explore what Two Spirit identity mean to this population, and the implications of effective funding strategies to support youth. This is a free pre-conference event at the 2016 Funding Forward Conference.
 
Join us for Youth-Driven Strategies to Invest in Two Spirit Programs: Empowerment through Cultural Reclamation, and share your insights and stories with us!
 

 
Featured guests include Erik Stegman executive director at the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, Sarah Eagle Heart CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, Kevin Jennings executive director of the Arcus Foundation, and Lenny Hayes an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton-Oyate of the northeast corner of South Dakota.
 

Erik Stegman (moderator), Carry the Kettle First Nation (Assiniboine), is Executive Director at the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. Before joining the CNAY team, Erik led field outreach and advocacy for the Poverty to Prosperity program at the Center for American Progress.  He also served as Majority Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, leading the development of the Stand Against Violence and Empower (SAVE) Native Women Act, which was signed into law as part of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013. Prior to the Senate, Erik served as Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education and a Program Manager at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center.


Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. NAP is a national membership-based nonprofit promotes reciprocity and investment in, with, and for Native peoples to build healthy and sustainable communities for all. She was previously Team Leader for Diversity and Ethnic Ministries and Program Officer for Indigenous Ministry at The Episcopal Church, New York, New York. The Episcopal Church serves two million members in 16 countries. Under her leadership, The Episcopal Church became the first major denomination to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery focusing programmatic education and advocacy on accurate history education, cultural teachings, healing and asset based community development. She was also a 2014 recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “40 under 40 Award.”
 

Kevin Jennings, Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, has made a long and distinguished career as an educator, social justice activist, teacher, and author. He served as Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration, heading the department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools where he led the Administration’s anti-bullying initiative. Kevin began his career as a high school history teacher and coach in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. During this time he served as faculty advisor to the nation’s first Gay-Straight Alliance, leading him in 1990 to found the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization tackling anti-LGBT bias in U.S. schools, which he led for 18 years.


Lenny Hayes, MA, LADC is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton-Oyate of the northeast corner of South Dakota.  Lenny is an educator, advocate, presenter, mental and chemical health therapist.  Lenny is currently a consultant/mental and chemical health therapist for the Little Earth of United Tribes. Lenny is also owner and operator of Tate Topa Consulting, LLC.  He has extensive training in mental health issues that impact the Two-Spirit/LGBTQ community.  His lived experience and training have made him a sought after workshop presenter on Native American Historical and Intergenerational Trauma and how it impacts the Native American community as well as the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ individual and community. 


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Funding Forward 2016 Pre-conference event
MARCH 30, 2016

1:30pm - 3:30pm CST

LOCATION:
Radisson Blu
35 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402



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