Greetings! Prospective Summer Policy Academy Fellows;

Thank you for your interest in learning about our program and your commitment to participate. The Leadership Institute and the Summer Policy Academy (SPA) is founded on Indigenous thought and philosophy derived from core values, cultural life ways and daily practice. The SPA is an educational leadership and public policy program focused on four principles: Leadership, Community Service, Public Policy and Critical Thinking. Selected incoming Juniors and Seniors of NM High schools will participate in an intensive four-week program alongside their peers representing the surrounding 22 tribal communitiesStudents will be lodging at the Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, NM. The 2018 Summer Policy Academy will convene beginning Sunday, June 3, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018 with a two-week Service Project in their community and culminating in a Graduation Banquet on July 1, 2018 where the students will share and present their service project to an audience of their peers, family and community.


 In order to be considered for the Summer Policy Academy the following materials must be completed, signed and submitted by:

  • Letter of Intent- a cover letter describing your Interest and Commitment to participate in the program.
  • SPA Application Form (including goals and interests)
  • Personal Essay (2 pages double-spaced)
  • One Letter of Recommendation from a non-family member

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