Our Mission

National Indian Youth Leadership Project's mission is to nurture the potential of Native Youth to be contributors to a more positive world through adventure based learning and service to family, community, and nature.


"In the beginning, there were instructions. We were to have compassion for one anther to live and work together, to depend on each other for support. we were told we were all related and interconnected to each other." -Vickie Downey, Tesuque Pueblo

Our Vision

NIYLP envisions a generation of healthy, capable, caring and resilient young people, who are making a positive contribution to their community, peer group and nations.