Youth Council Summit–Saturday, May 06, 2017


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The goal of this youth summit is to empower indigenous youth through critical analysis, interactive research, and engaging self-analysis by considering a variety of Arizona tribal histories.

How? Youth will have the opportunity to strategize, share best practices, and network during workshops that foster their leadership potential.

Led by Morning Star Leaders YOUTH COUNCIL, in partnership with the Arizona Indigenous Peoples Caucus, participants will examine, discuss, and identify challenges within Native American Arizona communities to develop solutions and create direct impact for all generations.

MSL promotes traditional concepts of ‘giving back’ to our communities. Since 2012, MSLYC has connected and coordinated over 260,787 youth through the annual Build a Leaders, Build a Backpack Drive. We have donated over 10,000 volunteer hours in various organizations and levels of municipalities. Our members commit 40 hours per youth on fostering tribal and non-tribal leadership building skills.

Our mission is through traditional Indigenous leadership teachings, the Morning Star Leaders will preserve, strengthen, and renew cultural identity among indigenous youth. Further to empower children and youth by helping them fulfill their full potential through leadership skill development, mentoring, and support in career pathways. Our organization as a whole is focused on fostering networks that will support youth to envision beyond their current circumstances.

CULTURAL WELCOME ✚ Friday, May 5, 2017 ✚ 6PM 

Summit participants are welcome to sign-up for the evening cultural performances followed by featured guest speaker Loren Aragon, Native American fashion designer and artist.

SUMMIT: Saturday, May 6, 2017
TIME: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201

Open to all Arizona Native American youth and youth from tribal communities, as well as the local community. Summit registration costs are $49.00 per participant.

Registrations are due Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Complimentary parking available at the Mesa Convention Center with plenty of spaces for buses and oversize vans.

Exhibit booths and advertising space available
For more information visit our website at, or email questions to or call 480-406-9152.

Local hotel Information available, request via email.






Phoenix Marriott Mesa Hotel – CLICK FOR MAP

200 N. Centennial Way
Mesa AZ 85201
(480) 898-8300
Adjacent to Mesa Convention Center

Mesa Mezona Inn – CLICK FOR MAP

250 W. Main
Mesa AZ 85201
(480) 834-9233
1 mile

Baymont Inn & Suites (Wyndham) – CLICK FOR MAP

651 E. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 924-4606
1 mile

Hyatt Place – CLICK FOR MAP

1422 W. Bass Pro Drive
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 610-8300
3 miles

Hilton Phoenix/East Mesa – CLICK FOR MAP

1011 E. Holmes Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210
4 miles

Sheraton Mesa (Wrigleyville) – CLICK FOR MAP

860 N Riverview
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone (480) 664-1221
4 miles

Marriott Courtyard – Fiesta Mall Area – CLICK FOR MAP

1221 S. Vineyard
Mesa, AZ 85210
5 miles




2017 Native American Youth Summit Sponsorship Opportunities
Saturday, May 06, 2017

2017 NAYS Sponsorship Application

Morningstar Leaders seeks partners in the community to help our youth carry out the first ever statewide Native American Youth Summit in Arizona.  To do this, we need dynamic sponsors willing to support the event with both monetary and in-kind donations.

Dedicated sponsors will benefit from an array of marketing and community outreach opportunities throughout the event and will have the chance to provide interactive activities and speaking engagements with the youth. If you have a special opportunity or experience you would like to bring to the youth, please let us know and we can build it into your sponsorship.

For all sponsorship questions and inquiries please contact Debbie Manuel at or 480.406.9152

#AZYouthMatter! Sponsorship (Presenting) $25,000

  • Opportunity to Co-Present the Keynote Speaker
  • Luncheon Acknowledgement from Podium Listing
  • MSL website link for 12 months
  • (1) Event Exhibit Table
  • One Reserved Table (includes 10 tickets)
  • Name/Logo on Sponsor Signage & Slideshow Loop
  • Full-page Program Ad
  • Sponsor Table Signage

Champion Sponsorship (Turquoise) $15,000

  • Listing with link on MSL Website For 12 Months
  • Name/Logo on Sponsor Signage & Slideshow Loop
  • One Reserved Table (includes 10 tickets)
  • Sponsor Table Signage
  • Half-page Program Ad

Advocate Sponsorship (Gold) $10,000

  • Listing with link on MSL Website For 6 Months
  • Name/Logo on Sponsor Signage & Slideshow Loop
  • One Reserved Table (includes 10 tickets)
  • Sponsor Table Signage
  • Half-page Program Ad

Starburst Sponsorship (Sparkle) $5,000

  • Name/Logo on Sponsor Signage & Slideshow Loop
  • Listing on MSL website for 6 months
  • Sponsor Table signage
  • One Reserved Table (includes 10 tickets)
  • Quarter-page program ad




The Summit seeks exhibitor proposals that will share ideas and inspire opportunities for Summit Participants to mobilize and work together. Attendees are interested in learning about how they can make a difference through volunteer opportunities, access learning toolkits, and seek mentoring or professional development opportunities that promote meaningful community involvement. Exhibitors will table throughout the event in the ideas and inspiration Exhibitor Pathway, table assignments and maps will be provided in coming weeks.

DEADLINE FOR EXHIBITOR SUBMISSIONS by noon Thursday, April 27, 2017

FINAL DAY FOR ARTWORK AND PAYMENT by noon Friday, April 21, 2017

SUMMIT DATE: Saturday, May 06, 2017




Due by noon on Friday April 14, 2017


The Morning Star Leaders are inviting educators, professional, and tribes to submit a proposal for the 2nd Annual Arizona Native Youth Leadership Summit taking place on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The summit will open with an evening cultural welcome and fashion show featuring Fashion Designer Loren Aragon on Friday May 5, 2017; the summit will be hosted at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa Arizona on Saturday May 6, 2017. Morning Star Leaders, Inc., in partnership with tribal youth, and the Arizona State Indigenous People Caucus, will host the 2nd Annual Arizona Native Youth Leadership Summit for tribal communities in Arizona. At last year’s summit, the youth council welcomed over 55 speakers who represented six major sectors of the Arizona community and the three major Arizona Universities.

The 2017 Arizona Native Youth Leadership Summit will attract over 300 tribal youth, educators, business leaders, community-based organizations, and government leaders engaged in long-term generational planning rooted in the youth’s cultural and world perspectives. The summit will focus on issues tribal youth encounter, particularly those that hinder their development as they transition into young adulthood or voting age. Speakers and presenters will share strategies and programs that have demonstrated effectiveness in the Native American context. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to learn methods and systems they can implement in their communities and schools.

Your educational contributions assist in a long-term endeavor to strengthen and develop tribal youth leadership within Arizona. Furthermore, your investment will help us ensure the summit is a success and will make an impact in the lives of tribal youth. For your consideration, we have enclosed an event flyer and registration forms with additional leadership summit information. Please keep in mind that the diversity of summit attendees will include urban and rural youth participants, therefore content levels vary focus for beginner, intermediate, and advanced leadership experiences.


Aside from the anticipated stimulating between youth attendees and presenters, summit presenters will benefit in the following ways:

  • Opportunities to showcase your program, organization, and services by distributing promotional materials and/or publications;
  • A platform to engage a statewide audience and, thereby, increasing visibility and acknowledgement of content;
  • Networking with colleagues from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds who are also interested in supporting youth leadership initiatives;
  • Your event registration costs directly support youth initiatives throughout the year.


THEME: The goal of this unique youth summit is to empower indigenous youth through research and introspection by looking into a variety of Arizona tribal histories while focusing on “Education: Then & Now”. Morning Star Leaders Youth Council and the State of Arizona’s Indigenous People’s Caucus (Senator Jamescita Peshlakai and Representatives Sally Gonzales, Eric Descheenie and Wenona Benally) are working closely on this summit to support youth of all backgrounds to identify Arizona Native American communities economic and socio-economic developmental challenges. Once youth are able to identify these challenges, they will be better positioned to develop innovative solutions to create direct impact.

Proposals that strategically educate, empower, and engage youth voices will be given priority. All proposed sessions are encourage to be intentional, serve an Arizona purpose, while cultivating peer-to-peer exchanges on topics and issues relevant to communities around the State of Arizona.

We aim to create an atmosphere intended to inspire, energize, and mobilize youth to have more meaningful and intentional conversations with peers and focus around essential questions for panelists and participants to address together.

SUMMIT SESSION STRANDS– Moderators, speakers, and panelists are encouraged to emphasize self-determination, stewardship, effective models of leadership, and the importance of documenting and research.

  1. HEALTH: In nearly all of our tribal communities, a spectrum of protective and risk factors related to health and wellness, including cultural competencies, exist. How can youth of today begin to shift culture, and lifestyles to promote resiliency and persevere through self-efficacy?
  2. EDUCATION: The significance of the parent’s, guardian’s, or caregiver’s role within education. How are youth of today developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, motivation combined with positive action to make that difference?
  3. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Improving everyday lives through business development is essential to livelihood. How do Arizona tribes define economic development and business development model that support small business, local growth, and empowerment for their tribal members?
  4. INDIGENOUS & SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES: How are tribes protecting the rich energy resources of land, water, and air?  What are innovative ways to address sustainability during modern times? How are youth engaging in sustainability efforts around Arizona?
  5. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES: How are we effectively engaging youth today in promoting languages among Arizona Native American Youth. How can youth engage in supportive language initiatives to promote indigenous language within Arizona State Curriculum?
  6. INDIAN LAW & POLICY: Understanding how the settler/colonial bodies of law and policy have shaped Native American History in the United States. How are youth prepared to address inequalities and injustice of older or inefficient judicial systems?  What role does advocacy play? Identifying action youth can do today to influence change in curriculum to incorporate their story which is also U.S. History.


1) Relevance Proposal, 2) Creative in Thinking Proposal, or 3) Poster Proposal.

RELEVANCE PROPOSAL: Submissions to highlight understandings from a program or community initiative, research study, or change effort that has importance to the Summit theme. Selected submissions will be categorized into the six general topics and review by a diverse group of Native Youth panel reviewers along with the support of the MSL organization’s volunteer staff.

INNOVATION PROPOSAL: Submissions will be reviewed for a creative approach, promote youth friendly community development while stimulating traditional lifestyles as a foundation for engagement. Submissions may propose strategies for peer to peer engagement for coordinating across urban and rural communities, strategies for starting and sustaining youth in advocacy, policy, and strengthen peer to peer interactions in youth leadership development.

RESEARCH POSTER BOARD PROPOSALS: Submission may feature research to highlight theme or educate youth audience. This is an opportunity to educate many and can be highly effective if youth are engaging with fun creative ways (case study, picking random questions out of a hat, help youth to interpret answers using information on the poster).

All proposals should be submitted to:

  • morningstarleaders@gmail.comby noon on Friday April 14, 2017.This will allow Youth Council review and selection at April Youth Council Monthly Meeting. Notification will be sent no later than noon Monday, April 17, 2017.
  • All Presenters and co-presenters register prior to the close of the registration period, Wednesday, April 26, 2017.




Amplify your message and connect with summit attendees by exhibiting in the college and career pathway. The Summit seeks exhibitor proposals that will share ideas and inspire opportunities for Summit Participants to mobilize and work together. Attendees are interested in learning about how they can make a difference through volunteer opportunities, access learning toolkits, and seek mentoring or professional development opportunities that promote meaningful community involvement.

Exhibitors will table throughout the day. Exhibit table assignments and maps will be provided in coming weeks.

Exhibit Table Rates: Corporation: $399 Nonprofit: $379

Exhibitor Fees Due by Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Questions about Exhibit Booths? send to