Youth Programming

The health and well being of our American Indian youth is of vital importance. Our youth development, for youth of all ages, focuses on helping them learn the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to live a successful life. Utilizing culture as the core of their identity and strength, we focus our trainings on cultural identity; personal development; prevention services; college readiness and career readiness. Our staff is both mentors and coaches to the youth and are committed their success.

This year-round, open enrollment program is designed for students in high school to help prepare them for success in post-secondary education, the workforce and their personal lives. The program is centered around college, career, culture, and prevention. Components include college and career exploration, visits to local employers, college tours, guest speakers, and leadership training. An exciting two-week summer camp is offered in July.

For more information, you may click here to download the registration form, or contact us at 602-264-6768.

We are recruiting for the Future Inspired Native American Leaders Youth Council for the 2020-2021 School Year. Youth Council membership provides high school aged youth with opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, public speaking skills, community engagement and networking. 

Click here to complete the application today! Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, August 7, 2020. Please send to Pat Walker by email at pwalker@phxindcenter.org or by fax at (602) 274-7486.

What does the Youth Council Do?

The Youth Council determines its activities based on its own needs. Needs can be identified through discussions with members, interviews, surveys, and other types of research. Once needs are determined, the youth council develops their own action plan to implement their activities.

Benefits of Joining The Youth Council

Benefits you gain from participating in the Youth Council depend on what each member puts into the Council. If youth make the most of their opportunities, they will:

  • Learn how to work with other young people
  • Build strong and lasting friendships
  • Develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Develop communication and leadership skills
  • Develop organizational skills
  • Develop winning attitudes
  • Learn how to take responsibility for their actions
  • Contribute to making a difference in Indian Country

Click here to complete the application today! Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, August 7, 2020. Please send to Pat Walker by email at pwalker@phxindcenter.org or by fax at (602) 274-7486.

Mentors are an important, additional partner to have in a youth’s life as they make their journey into adulthood. Mentors help empower youth to make good decisions in their academic, personal and future career. Mentors help provide youth with a clear vision of what their future could look like while sharing and enjoying common interests and hobbies. Research has shown that mentors improve a youths’ behavioral, social, emotional and academic outcomes.

Submit an application today and invite a mentor to help share in your youths’ journey to success!

Mentorship Program FAQ’s For Mentors

Mentor Enrollment Process

Mentor Application

2020 Youth Leadership Day

Youth Leadership Day is planned collaboratively with local organizations, focusing on leadership, college and career readiness, substance abuse prevention and cultural enrichment. This FREE conference is open to all self-identifying American Indian high school students from across the Phoenix-Mesa Metropolitan Area and surrounding communities.

Join the Phoenix Indian Center and the Phoenix Suns in celebrating Tradition Through Teamwork at our 9th Annual Youth Leadership Day:
Date: Friday, January 3, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena | 201 E. Jefferson St. | Phoenix, AZ 85004

REGISTER TODAY!! Click Here to register.

Want to enjoy the Suns vs Knicks game that evening after Youth Leadership Day? The Phoenix Suns have partnered with us to offer discounted Phoenix Suns Tickets to your family and friends to attend the game with you!

Click Here to purchase tickets.

Click Here to download the flyer.

For more information, contact us

  • Email: youthprograms@phxindcenter.org
  • Phone: 602-264-6768
  • Visit the Phoenix Indian Center: 4520 N Central Ave, Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Living in 2 Worlds is a school-based prevention program implemented in junior high schools throughout the valley. The program occurs once a week during the school year. A trained facilitator introduces information on alcohol and other drug use from a strength-based model, using American Indian values and cultural knowledge. Call us to see if the program is in your junior high or if you’d like us to come to your school.


Living in 2 Worlds, draws on Native culture and values as effective drug resistance strategies. The L2W also teaches, a variety of ways to say no to negative choices that confront youth every day, while learning about different cultures. The students take home Cultural Heritage projects to open communication with family and discuss lives in urban and reservation homes.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Prevention Team at 602-264-6768.

In addition to the scholarships listed on our Resources page, the Phoenix Indian Center is proud to continue the Freeport-McMoRan Scholarship Program. These scholarships are funded by the Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation and administered by the Phoenix Indian Center.

There are two Scholarships available under this program; the Native American Scholarship and the Cyprus Tohono Corporation Scholarship.

Native American Scholarship:

The eligibility for the Native American Scholarship Application includes the following:

  • Enrolled member of Hualpai Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe and Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • Must have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative gpa and be in good academic standing
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in one of the following disciplines:
    • Primary: Education, Engineering, Geology, Science or science -related major
    • Secondary: Business or business-related major, Health, Safety, Sustainability or technology
  • The application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is June 1, 2019.
  • Click Here to download the application

Cyprus Tohono Corporation Scholarship

The eligibility for the Cyprus Tohono Corporation Scholarship Application includes the following:

  • Enrolled Native American residing in Arizona-preference will be given to enrolled members of the Tohono O’odham Nation
  • Attending a community college or four-year public University in Arizona
  • Students entering college as a freshman, sophomore or junior
  • Must have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing
  • The application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is June 1, 2019.
  • Click Here to download the application
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