Native Issues Online Summit


Join us for the Native Issues Online Summit – a unique and engaging virtual program designed to equip Native high school students with the tools and knowledge they need to become catalysts for change.

A generous grant from XTO Energy will enable MHA Nation youth access to this six-session series.

Led by Close Up Instructors, students will build relationships with their peers and others, hear from young activists about strategies and models of advocacy and activism, deepen their understanding of community issues and their root causes, and work together to create meaningful solutions.

About Close Up
About MHA Nation
About XTO Energy


Over the course of six 90-minute sessions, students will examine issues in their communities, nations, and the United States as a whole, and develop action plans to address those issues.  Highlights of the program include:

  • Using Stories to Make Change
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Coalition Building, Organizing, and Activism
  • Developing Action Plans
  • Digital Presentations of Action Plans (Shark-Tank Style)





This program is intended for grades 9-12 and can be integrated into an after school program, an advisory program, a club, or a leadership development opportunity like student council. Offered to groups of students or to individuals. Students will meet twice a week, for three weeks with the culmination action plan being a capstone, digitized presentation. During this time of social distancing, the series can also replace an experiential learning trip or a community service opportunity.

Program Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, November 3-18, 2020

Program Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm (CST)

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 


Over 93% of students said Close Up’s virtual programs…

helped them understand the importance of using their voice to make change in their communities.