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).

Cowlitz Youth Council Meetings 10:00 am the third Saturday of the month at the Tribal Office located at 7700 NE 26th Ave Vancouver, WA 98665 

December 15th  - Cowlitz Youth and Family Christmas Party 10:00 to 1:00 pm St. Mary’s Toledo, WA. 
Please RSVP Melody Pfeifer at 360-947-2235 to get on Santa’s shopping list. Invitation open to all Cowlitz youth, Cowlitz Indian Tribe employee’s immediate children and enrolled youth in a federally recognized tribe presently receiving serves from the Cowlitz Indian Tribe between the age of 0-17 years.

Friday March 8 thru Sunday 10th Little One’s Weekend ages 7-12: Trip to the Washington, Oregon coast following the trade route of our ancestors.

June 23-28, 2019 - 9th Annual THRIVE Conference: Hosted by NW Portland area Indian Health Board.  Space is limited so call for registration starting in April 2019.  Youth program will provide trasnportation to THRIVE Conference in Portland, OR with dates/times TBD.  Transportation Pickup to and from conference will be at the Longview Admin Bldg at 1055 9th Ave, Longveiw, WA. 98632.

July-August 2019 - Tribal Canoe Journey to Bellingham, WA with Hosting protocol by Lummi Nation.

Monday August 12th thru Friday 16th 2019 Cowlitz Youth Summer Camp: Cascade Camp & Conference Center, 22825 Peissner Road SE Yelm, WA 98597

Program Activities and Events:

Leadership programs - Youth Council
Youth focused conferences

Little Ones – Weekend trip for ages 7-12
Annual Youth and Safety Event
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board THRIVE Conference
Annual Summer Camp
Day Trips – Focused around culture and gathering of our youth
Culture Connection – Information on upcoming Tribal cultural events
Annual Youth and Family Christmas Party                                                        


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.

Youth Council 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
Racheal Paige                    Secretary
Devin Reck                        Youth Advocate
Charity Sabido-Hodges    
Claudia Tenney
David Cottenware
Ty Koch
Kasey Koch

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Youth Program contacts:

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

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Alexandra (Ali) Guerra 
Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Youth Council Advisor
7700 NE 26th Ave 
Vancouver, WA 98665 
Direct: (360) 947-2234 
Cell: (360) 605-6116                            
Fax: (360) 397-8251     

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