Things to Remember When Working With Native Youth

When working with homeless or in-transition Native American youth, remember:

All Native American youth are not the same.

  • Some are highly acculturated to mainstream society; others may not be.
  • Some want to maintain a strong connection with their Tribal culture; others may not.

All Tribes are not the same.

  • They have different rituals, languages, and ceremonies. They are different cultures.
  • Native American youth may have different cultural needs. Offer services like health care, counseling, and life skills curricula that incorporate Native American norms and values.
  • Native American people have natural supports. Tribes often have strong spiritual leaders (elders) and a heightened sense of community. Work with these strengths.