Student-led forum to address DV, drug abuse, environmental justice

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, Jan. 9, 2014

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Coordinators of the upcoming Rising Native Youth Forum had community members write down issues they face within their communities so they could narrow down the topics at the forum.

BOTTOM: RisingNaiveYouth – Several community members, even children, shared their thoughts on what issues that affect their community. (Courtesy photos)

When college students return home for summer or winter break, what is there to do?

Some might sit in front of the TV and simply relax, while some may go out and find something to do.

Finding something to do – while at the same time helping others – was the case for five Diné students who returned for the near one-month winter break.

Keioshiah Peter, Tristin Moone, Courtney Rocke, Logan Sandoval, and Myacah Sampson banned together and spearheaded the Rising Native Youth Forum, scheduled for Jan. 11, which they hope with provide a safe space for young community members to express and discuss issues facing their local communities.

"We're doing so many good things at school and we wanted to do good things for our people," said Rocke, of Page, Ariz. who is studying cellular biology at the University of North Dakota. "We want to be someone positive to look up to."

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