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Youth Initiatives

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SNAHC strongly promotes the need to support American Indian Youth and Families with quality services and advocacy that place a high regard on cultural values.

SNAHC’s Youth Initiatives program focuses on providing programs or advocacy focused in the four areas

  • Red Vision II– Provides resources to fund youth substance abuse prevention activities with goals of decreasing underage drinking and substance abuse for American Indian Youth
  • Native Wellness Youth Initiatives (NYWI)– Provides resources to fund the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) which increases protective factors and utilizes trauma informed approaches to reduce suicide, suicidal ideation, and attempts among urban American Indian/ Alaska Native youth
  • Circles of Care (COC) – Brings the Sacramento urban American Indian community together to plan and perform an in-depth gap analysis of the systems of care impacting the mental health and wellness of American Indian children and their families.
  • Native Connections– Develop a culturally responsive model for youth programming focused on mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and substance use prevention activities.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a SNAHC Youth Ambassador! As a Youth Ambassador, you will be a part of an exciting new team dedicated to empowering Native youth throughout Sacramento County. You will have the opportunity to share your voice, represent SNAHC in the community, and promote positive change in regards to mental health services. Additionally, you will help plan and sponsor prevention based programming for Native youth. Being a SNAHC Youth Ambassador is a one-year commitment and an amazing opportunity to serve on a youth-centered advisory committee dedicated to shaping healthy Native communities. Please fill-out the downloadable application and submit all of your application before November 30th, 2017. For any additional questions or help, please contact Val Sierra at or (916) 341-0576 x3023.

Click here to download the Youth Ambassador application.



I am honored to participate in this meaningful work. The Youth Initiatives program and staff are committed to creating a system of care that emphasizes collaboration and considers culturally responsive approaches for Native youth.

Over the next five years, SNAHC will team up with other community members, organizations and institutions to develop a community-based system of care for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) children with mental health challenges and their families. The Youth Initiatives program applies principles of a family-driven approach, meaning, families have a primary decision making role in the care of their own children as well as the policies and procedures governing care for all children in their community.