Native Youth Identity

Native youth, like all youth, have complex and unique identities—there is no one universal identity for Native youth. As Native youth navigate their own identity development, mentors and mentoring programs can support them by acknowledging the strengths and complexities in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) identity.

Key terms/concepts:

  1. Ethnic identity development
  2. Strengths-based vs. deficit-based
  3. Critical orientations
  4. Masking
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