The Florida Indian Youth Program is an intensive away from home educational experience provided for approximately 50 to 60 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 18 years of age, travel to Tallahassee and live in a residence hall on or near the campus of the Florida State University. During the two week program, the students participate in scholastic, 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 Tallahassee Community College or at one of Tallahassee’s other fine institutions of higher learning, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University or Florida State University. Classes Include STEM, Writing, Computer Skills, Tribal Government, Financial Literacy and Art.
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.
At the end of the 2 weeks participants, staff and special guests all attend the Banquet. Here all participants are recognized for their completion of the Florida Indian Youth Program. There are also special awards given out to a select few of students for outstanding achievements during the program.
Please click on the link below and print the application, complete it and return it to; Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc., 625 N. Adams St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.
Dates to Remember:
February 16, 2016 – Florida Indian Youth Program application available
June 15, 2016 – (CLOSED) Counselor and Training Assistant applications should be received by this date.
June 22, 2016 – (DEADLINE EXTENDED) This is the absolute deadline for Youth Program applications. YP applications must be 100% complete including references, essay questions, and Voluntary Consent form must all be in our office by this date. Applications received after this date will be placed on a Waiting List.
July 09 – 23, 2016 – Youth Program
July 22, 2016 – FIYP Banquet. (Invitation Only)