The Florida Indian Youth Program is an intensive away from home educational experience provided for approximately 50 Native American youths each year by the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc., a Florida non-profit corporation.
The students, most of whom are 14 to 17 years of age, travel to Tallahassee and live in a residence hall on or near the campus of the Florida State University. During the ten day program, the students participate in cultural and social events and activities, all designed to increase the probability of high school graduation and inspire the students to higher academic achievement.
During the two weeks the students are on campus, they spend more than 70 hours in classroom activities at the Center for Professional Development or at one of Tallahassee’s three fine institutions of higher learning (Tallahassee Community College, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University or Florida State University).
Activities are planned for every waking hour and there is no such thing as “free time” at the Florida Indian Youth Program. Students are required to be with a counselor at all times and the group is accompanied by at least one officer of the Florida State University Police Department whenever the group leaves campus.
The Awards Banquet is the program’s crowning event. More than 300 awards and scholarships are presented before the students’ family, peers and tribal leaders in recognition of each students’ personal and academic achievements.
Dates to Remember:
March 16, 2015 -is the absolute deadline for Training Assistant applications. TA applications must be 100% complete including references, essay questions, and Vouluntary Consent form must all be in our office by this date.
June 12, 2015 -is the absolute deadline for Youth Program applications. YP applications must be 100% complete including references, essay questions, and Vouluntary Consent form must all be in our office by this date. Applications received after this date will be placed on a Waiting List.