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Native Youth Exploring Higher Education – VIRTUAL EDITION

Motivate l Expose l Connect l Prepare


Native Youth Exploring Higher Education (NY’EHE) is a summer camp for Native American high school students interested in exploring opportunities a college education offers. This year, we are going VIRTUAL!

The camp will consist of a full menu of activities for participants to choose from that will introduce youth to a variety of career fields, promote health and wellness, and provide college preparation.  Each day will have at least one live activity and other required and optional activities for students to work through at their own pace. Campers will receive  WSU swag, materials for hands-on activities, and a tablet to help ensure they are able to participate.

Activities will include:

  • Health and Wellness Challenges: Students will watch videos from professional and college athletes motivating them to live a healthy lifestyle and give a physical activity daily challenge.
  • Tribal Nation Building Activities: We will offer activities that give participants the opportunity to learn about Tribal resource management, economics, leadership.
  • Exposure to STEAM related fields: Students will build their own solar panels, video games, and create podcasts, etc. Supplies will be provided.
  • Tribal Careers: Tribal Leaders will share about different career fields, what skills are needed and how they got into their fields.
  • Higher Education Preparation: WSU Native Leaders and Students will provide virtual campus tours, a Native Student Panel and provide information on preparation for college.
  • Incentives: Students will receive incentives after completing the learning modules and asynchronous activities.
  • Positive Messaging: Students will receive encouraging messages and staff support each day of camp.

The goals of NY’EHE are to: Motivate Native students towards wellbeing, positive identity, career aspirations, and pursuing their education. Expose Native students to Native role models, learning activities, and what is possible for their future college/career. Connect Native students to their culture, positive relationships, and how their pursuit of college/career can build up their tribe. And Prepare Native students for the skills, experiences and plans they need to attain their college/career aspirations.

AGE: Students entering grades 9-12 in Fall

WHEN: July 19-30, 2021

WHERE: From the comfort of your own home!


QUESTIONS: Please contact Steven Martin, Director for Native American Student Services, at 509-335-5909 or via email at: | Joelle Berg, Native American Retention Specialist, at 509-335-8677 or via email at:

Sign-up today to secure your spot in NY’EHE 2021!


Click HERE to Register

You will need a parent/guardian’s assistance to complete the application!

DEADLINE: Currently Open. Limited slots remaining. 


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