The Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute
The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is a national advocacy organization working to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American youth ages 24 and under. In early 2018, CNAY was at an inflection point, staffed by young professionals devoted to the mission, but operating without the full resources, structure, and strategies required for sustainable impact. LBC Action partnered with CNAY to assess the challenges and opportunities for short, medium, and long-term success. Indeed, client and vendor became true partners, bound by a mission to create platforms for change for emerging young leaders determined to overcome health, environmental, and educational disparities facing tribal communities.
Over the course of a year, LBC Action helped CNAY move from a lateral, loosely-built structure to an organizational model that gave staff members clear roles (and goals), increasing productivity among the entire team and freeing up the Executive Director to expand capacity through national partnerships, game-changing fundraising, and a stronger identity within the Aspen Institute. Crucially, LBC Action was able to offer insights and frameworks that fit the distinct needs and personality of CNAY. Today CNAY is a more mature organization, still motivated by passion, but better poised than ever to give voice to millions of people in tribal communities from coast to coast. Learn more about CNAY in the 2018 State of Native Youth Report (prepared with support from LBC Action).
The Nature Project
The Nature Project is a non-profit focused on providing underserved youth with the opportunity to experience nature. Co-founded by former NFL athlete Cooper Helfet and ecologist Charles Post, the Nature Project engages athletes and other role models as ambassadors to the outdoors for youth across the country. LBC Action partnered with Helfet and Post to help grow their passion project into an established organization with formal 501(c)(3) status, a board development plan, a budget and fundraising strategy, and national partnerships. The Nature Project is now poised to serve thousands of school-age children every year near their home communities.