Young Lakota is the centerpiece of an engagement campaign focused on three areas of social change related to the film: (1) Capacity building for youth activists, including leadership training, (2) Changing public policy to support reproductive health and justice (RHJ), (3) Advocating for policies that support adolescent reproductive health. Through these three strategies for impact, the campaign seeks to build bridges between Native-led and Native-serving organizations, and the broader movement for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health.
The campaign is led by Cine Qua Non, our 501c3, in partnership with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, and Shelby Knox, the Director of Organizing for Women’s Rights at Change.org, and the film’s central characters, Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female President of the Oglala Lakota Nation, and Sunny Clifford, an outspoken voice for Native women’s rights and the 2013 winner of the Ms. Foundation’s People’s Choice Gloria Award.
With support from, The Sundance Documentary Institute and The Ford Foundation, among others, we have finished Young Lakota. We now want to ensure it reaches audiences on the grassroots level.
The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is coordinating the community engagement and outreach with the Young Lakota team. As a national Indigenous youth organization working across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice, NYSHN is supporting the film with:
Education and information sessions
Community organizing and mobilization
National and local activism initiatives
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in Community Engagement and Outreach opportunities with Young Lakota.