Cowlitz Youth Program

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The mission of the Cowlitz Youth Program is to enrich the lives of youth and the Tribe through traditions that teach respect, honor and culture by connecting them to the Elders, Cowlitz Tribal people, and history, traditions and culture of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. 

Program Eligibility:

Youth between the age of 7-17 years old, enrolled in the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and/or direct descendent of a currently enrolled parent. Youth living in the same household, family joined by marriage and/or adoption with a parent currently enrolled in the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Youth enrolled or direct descendent of a Federally Recognized Tribe currently receiving services from the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Employees of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe direct children.

Activities dates and location some dates are TBD:

Activities listed below (Youth under 7 years of age are welcome accompanied by a responsible adult).

April 20-22nd Youth Spring Camp check-in between the hours of 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Mt. St. Helens Science and Learning Center / limited transportation from I-5 exit 49 will be provided to the Mountain.

May 18-20th 4:00 pm TBD Cowlitz Youth Council Retreat

June 21-24th Youth Summer Camp check-in 3:00 pm Cascade Camp & Conference Center 22825 Peissner Road S.E. Yelm, WA. 98597

June 24-29th 8th Annual THRIVE Conference hosted by Northwest Portland area Indian Health Board, limited space please call for registration starting in April. Sunday June 24th 4:00 pm transportation to THRIVE Conference, Native American Youth Academy (NAYA) Portland, OR. Transportation pickup to and from conference, will be at the Longview Administration Bldg. 1055 9th Ave Longview, WA 98632

July 20 - August 4th Tribal Canoe Journey Paddle to Puyallup

December 15th Cowlitz Youth and Family Christmas Party 10:00 to 1:00 pm St. Mary’s Toledo, WA.

Youth Opportunity:

Leadership programs - Youth Council
Youth focused conferences
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board THRIVE Conference
Camps – Spring break and Summer Camp
Day Trips – Focused around culture and gathering of our youth
Culture Connection – Information on upcoming Tribal cultural events                                                          

Cowlitz Youth Council:

The purpose of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Youth Council (CITYC) is to foster future generations of strong leaders while honoring culture, tradition, and language; and to promote mental and physical well-being of Cowlitz youth. The CITYC strives to act as a voice while modeling positive attitudes and behavior for Cowlitz youth. CITYC also serves as an ambassador for Cowlitz youth when youth issues are being discussed. The CITYC ensure youth have input with the Cowlitz Youth Board leadership on decisions and policies, guidance on strategic planning, and vision for the future. The council also works to bring innovative ideas and opportunities to generations of Cowlitz People.

CITYC Eligibility:

  • Youth who are enrolled members of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and/or direct descendants of a currently enrolled member.
    Youth between the ages 13-17
  • Must be able to perform CITYC duties.

Cowlitz Youth Board Members:

Cassandra Sellards Reck   Chair
Donna Bagley                     Vice Chair
Heidi Simper                      Secretary
Devin Reck                        Youth Advocate
Charity Sabido-Hodges    
Claudia Tenney
David Cottenware
Ty Koch
Kasey Koch

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Youth Program contact:

Melody Pfeifer
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Youth Program Coordinator
7700 NE 26th
Vancouver, WA 98665
Direct: (360) 947-2235
Cell: (360) 562-5185
Fax: (360) 397-8251

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