The Native American Youth Group is sponsored by the National Indian Youth Council and is comprised of youth from the Albuquerque, NM urban area.  NIYC is partnering with local Albuquerque, NM schools to find and develop the next Native American Indian Leaders for the next Generation.  Today, our Native American Youth face alcohol and substance abuse, education deficiency, joblessness, gang involvement, obesity, suicide, homicide and all too often a feeling of hopelessness.  At NIYC, we teach Native American Youth the understanding of basic principles of leadership. This allows them to understand the functions and responsibilities of being a leader. With this understanding of their own competency, it gives them the ability to function as a leader.  They are taught the core values of leadership.

Leadership Core Values:

1. Respect- as demonstrated by self-respect and respecting others regardless of differences; treating others with dignity, empathy and compassion; and the ability to earn the respect of others.

2. Making a Difference- as demonstrated by personal efforts that lead to making a positive impact on individuals, systems, and/or organizations or positively affecting outcomes.

3. Integrity- as demonstrated by moral courage, ethical strength, and trustworthiness; keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.

4. Authenticity- as demonstrated by consistency, congruency, and transparency in values, beliefs, and actions; integrating values and principles to create a purposeful life and to contribute to the growth of others.

5. Courage- as demonstrated by possessing a strength of self to act with intention on behalf of the common good; taking a stand in the face of adversity; acting boldly in the service of inclusion and justice.

6. Service- as demonstrated by commitment that extends beyond ones own self-interest; personal humility for the sake of a greater cause.

7. Humility- as demonstrated by a sense of humbleness, dignity and an awareness of one's own limitations; open to perspectives different from one's own.

8. Wisdom- as demonstrated by a broad understanding of human dynamics and an ability to balance the interests of multiple stakeholders when making decisions; can take a long term perspective in decision-making.