EBCI (American Indians)

Programs for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Cherokee Youth Council

The Youth Council gives young enrolled members of the tribe, grades 7 through 12, the opportunity to make their voices heard on issues that are important to them, serve their community and develop their leadership skills.

Cherokee Reservation Cooperative Extension Office

The Extension Office is the home of the Cherokee Youth Council, 4-H Headquarters on the Qualla Boundary and the Costa Rica Eco-Study Tour sponsored by Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

Cherokee Youth Center Boys & Girls Club

The purpose of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to promote the social, educational, health, leadership, and character development of boys and girls during critical periods of their growth. The club provides a safe place to learn and grow and provides life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
(828) 497-3119

Cherokee Challenge

Cherokee Challenge has replicated NIYLP’s Venture Program with some modifications to address the needs of students in Cherokee, NC. The Cherokee Challenge program has a sixth grade program, a peer leader program for ages 14-18, an experiential learning challenge program, and a youth leadership camp.
(828) 497-7291

Junaluska Leadership Council

The program teaches communication and leadership skills to youth through exposure to tribal government processes.
(828) 497-7470

Cherokee Elementary School’s Sacred Path Program

The goal of the program is to build a classroom community, resolve conflict and build character through Cherokee culture. (828) 497-9130

Smoky Mountain High Schools Indian Unity Council

The Council assists youth development through information about American Indian culture delivered by guest speakers and students.
(828) 586-2177

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Management Programs

Harrah’s training and professional staff delivers a curriculum consisting of career enhancement, manager excellence and manager preparation offerings.
(828) 497-8886

Cherokee Choices Mentor Program

The mentoring program is a youth development program for fourth through sixth graders designed to enhance coping skills to improve health.
(828) 497-1970