Contest + eBook Project for Native Youth

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – We R Native and Reconnecting The Circle announce a joint eBook contest for Native American youth. The eBook contest will invite youth to think about their cultural values and express themselves using a medium of their choice – essay, photography, graphics, illustration, video, audio, or a combination.

Cultural values include respect, honesty, love, bravery, humility, truth, and wisdom.

  • How do you incorporate (value) into your everyday life?
  • What does (value) mean to you?
  • Why is (value) important to your culture?
  • Which cultural value is most important to you? Share a story about a time in your life when you felt you embodied that trait.

For specific contest details, go to:

Deadline for entries is: January 31, 2014

The project is open to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawai’ian youth, ages 13 – 24. The top ten entries will be awarded $100 in cash prizes. All submissions will be featured in the eBook, weRnative blog, Reconnecting The Circle website, and other content platforms.

The eBook project will be a platform for youth by youth to express themselves and learn from their peers across Indian Country. The eBook project will provide youth the opportunity to reflect on their values and their personal identity. By sharing their reflections, Native youth become positive role models to their peers and meaningful contributors to the health and well-being of their communities. To learn more about cultural values, visit the My Culture tab at

About We R Native
We R Native is a multimedia health resource for Native teens and young adults, developed by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. Their programs are funded by the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Indian Health Service. For more information, visit

About Reconnecting The Circle
Reconnecting The Circle is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. RTC encourages young people to explore Native American cultures and values through writing and multimedia projects. For more information, visit


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