2016 Youth Fellows
The Rez Refuge Youth Fellow program allows us to hire teens in the Summer who join the Rez Refuge team to get leadership development training, plan and lead summer activities, and build a community campaign around one of their concerns in our neighborhood. Ultimately, giving them the opportunity to lead, grow, and learn how to work together to make a change.
Alex Nez lives in Fort Defiance and goes to school at Saint Michael Indian School. She started there in Kindergarten and still there today, as an eleventh grader. She wanted to become a youth fellow to learn and have more experience with the kids and office work. When she grows up she wants to be cardiothoracic surgeon and get her bachelor’s degree at Fort Lewis College. She loves sports; such as softball and volleyball. She is a member of the Navajo Nation Youth Council. She started three chapters of organizations on the Navajo Nation; Navajo Nation Earth Guardians, Saint Michael’s Earth Guardians and Fort Defiance Earth Guardians.
My name is Angel Dickson I am 16 years old. I am attending my junior year at window rock high school. The reason that I became a youth fellow was because I’ve always had a passion to work with children younger than me, also to become more involved with my community and how I can make a better change. The career that I would like to pursue would be to become a mechanical engineer also to own a current business that my father runs. One interesting fact about me is that I am like to involve with everything that is my community. And I like eating!!!
Hello my name is David Mitchell III and I’m 16 years old. I’m currently attending Window Rock High School as a beginning junior. The reason why I decided to become a youth fellow was because I noticed that I’m very outspoken and always outgoing with the youth. I want to also achieve being a good role model for my other siblings and peers. I know that upon completion of this youth fellow role that I will gain control of young youth and more organization of my time and resources around the youth center. One thing that you may also not know is that I also have an outstanding knowledge of finding new ideas in an instant moment whenever it is needed.
Lynnae Iron Hawk, 17 years old, lives in Saint Michael’s and goes to school at Window Rock High School. She is originally from Spearfish, South Dakota. She is Lakota Sioux from Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She wanted to become a youth fellow to help the Rio Puerco Community, and have some experience with children and office work. When she graduates she wants to become a Physical Therapist and get her Master Degree at Grand Canyon University or University of Northern Colorado. Soon after she want to expand her knowledge and opportunities with getting a Doctorates, and travel around the world. She was Princess for Black Hills State University in 2009-2010. She is also President for a Native American club at Wingate High.