Students Wanted for 2nd Annual Native Youth in Food & Ag Summer Leadership Summit

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law was launched in 2013 to assist Indian Country in issues related to tribal governance in food and agriculture, strategic business and community assessments, and youth education and professional development in food and agriculture.

In furtherance of our goals in service to Indian Country, we held the first ever “Native Youth in Food and Agriculture: Summer Leadership Summit” in July 2014. We welcomed 48 students from 22 tribes to the inaugural summit for a week of classroom learning, field trips, culture sharing and leadership opportunities. Students came from all across Indian Country to attend, and the accomplishments and continued learning of those first summit students continue to astound us. This year we are holding the 2nd Annual Summit. We are looking for first-time attendees, second-time attendees who will serve as “Summit Fellows,” and Student Leaders who are already attending college or university.

We are looking for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students with a passion and interest in food and agriculture who are willing to be our next generation of food and agriculture leaders in Indian Country.

Please spread the word about this 2nd Annual Summit, and certainly share with any Native students who might be interested. Selected students will travel to our campus to participate in an exciting week of discussion, leadership development, cultural experiences, field trips, learning and planning.  Because specialized business, law and policy issues surround Indian Country food and agriculture, we are focused on ensuring that our next generation has all the tools they need to succeed.

All selected students will have pre-arrival materials to complete before arrival on campus. PLEASE APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Dates
July 19 – July 28, 2015 (this includes travel dates)

Location
University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas

Hosts

  • Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Farm Credit Council
  • Intertribal Agriculture Council
  • National FFA Organization

Application Information
The deadline for all applicants is June 1, 2015, but spaces are limited, so please encourage interested youth to get their applications in as soon as possible.

Three applications are available

Cost to attend
All food, lodging, instructional materials, and field trip costs will be provided.

Depending on the number of students, some travel scholarships will also be provided.  However, we need applications as soon as possible to plan for travel needs.

For additional information, visit http://law.uark.edu/ifai/summer-leadership-summit-native-youth-in-agriculture/. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Rebecca Sims at ras017@uark.edu or call (479) 575-4434. You can submit your application by email (to ras017@uark.edu) or by mail to:

University of Arkansas School of Law
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
c/o Rebecca Sims
1045 W. Maple St.
Fayetteville, AR  72701