Today, the First Kids 1st Every Child is Sacred Initiative launched the 2018-2019 Native Children’s Policy Agenda (NCPA) Update featuring policy opportunities and recommendations for the coming year and identifies areas of collaboration for serving and supporting Native children and youth to forge measurable progress.
The 2018-2019 NCPA Update focuses on four priority areas this year including: Funding for Health, Shelter, and Safety to Serve Native Youth; School Construction and Infrastructure for Native Students; The Opioid Epidemic and its Impact on Native Youth; and The Farm Bill and the Health of Native Youth.
Since 2015, FK1st has provided updates to the Native Children’s Policy Agenda (NCPA), a tool intended to assist Tribal leaders and other policymakers in their work to create and implement a vision for vibrant, healthy communities. It is also intended to guide stakeholders as they prioritize legislation and policy issues that may affect Native children and youth. Within each of the four overarching themes, NCPA sets forth Tribal strategies and policy objectives to implement these principles. The themes are: Healthy Lifestyles; Supportive Environments; Students Ready to Succeed; and Vibrant Communities.