Chinle grads sent off with youth summit
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.