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Native Youth Community Project

The NYCP is focused on serving the Indigenous youth in partnership with Albemarle County Public Schools to address the college and career readiness needs of 250 high school Native students as the defined local geographic area.

Objectives & Goals

Student outcomes:

•College acceptance and funding

•Preparation to thrive in college upon HS graduation

•National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)

•Preparation to enter the workforce upon HS graduation

While supporting college and career readiness, NYCP aims to establish  sustainable community collaboration that:

•Embraces Native language, culture, and history

•Cultivates genuine tribal control

•Engages tribal communities

•Inspires a new generation of effective Native teachers

Created for VTEC by national education non-profit ECMC, this webinar recording gives useful insights on the value of college, how to choose the right college, and how to maximize financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

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If you're interested in benefitting from the Native Youth Community Project, please complete our eligibility survey below. Then, one of our staff members will contact you personally if you're eligible. 




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Strategic Partnership with ACT

VTEC’s Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) has partnered with ACT to profile students from Virginia-based tribes and share their insights with a national audience of educators. The first group of profiled students are all high school seniors. They include Nansemond member Dean Badamo, Pamunkey member Tristan Everheart, and Monacan members Katheryn Hopson and Atlas Savage. 


Learn more about their backgrounds, goals, and advice here: Native American Readiness - ACT Leadership Blog.  

VTEC provides free access to ACT resources that tribal members can use to enhance their college applications and gain traction in their careers. For students on a college path, free ACT test vouchers and ACT test prep access are available. Students often begin using ACT test-prep during 10th grade and complete the ACT test multiple times between 11th grade and October of 12th grade. Students who want to gain career traction can complete ACT's WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate for free at any time. 


For more information or access to free ACT resources, please email Dr. Drew Allmond at

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Our Coordinators can provide free registration for the upcoming ACT dates. For more information, click the photos below to visit the home sites for ACT testing or reach out to our staff by email. 

To request a free ACT test voucher or free registration for online test-prep, please email Dr. Drew Allmond at

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