Chinle grads sent off with youth summit

Chinle grads sent off with youth summit
Chinle High School seniors participate in an “energizer” exercise Monday at the first youth summit for graduating seniors. (Times photo — Cindy Yurth)

Chinle High School seniors participate in an “energizer” exercise Monday at the first youth summit for graduating seniors. (Times photo — Cindy Yurth)

CHINLE

High school graduation is a happy time, but it’s also a time when teens are at their most vulnerable.

They may be anxious about heading off to college or career, or, worse, they may be stuck on the reservation with no money, no job and no discernable future.

Even students like Tyler Tsosie, who professes to have “lots of options,” feel the stress of making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.

In Chinle, some mental health professionals saw an opportunity to intervene. Monday, the first and hopefully annual Youth Summit was held for the Class of 2015.

“The younger grades were being tested, so it was a good chance for us to pull the seniors out and do something with them,” explained Chinle High School teacher Alessandra Uentillie.


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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.