Tianna Christensen and Little Wound High School Speak Up to Stop Youth Suicide

Tianna Christensen (Cheyenne River Sioux) plays varsity basketball for Little Wound High School, and came together with her team to prevent youth suicide - a common phenomenon in her community. The team visited several different schools around their reservation to offer words of encouragement and support, with the belief that even small acts can make a difference in someone’s life. 

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Kaylee Thompson Gathers Friends and Family to Distribute Food in Hawaii

Kaylee Thompson is a Native Hawaiian, and for her Gen-I Challenge, she got her friends and family involved in volunteering for a local organization called Feed My Sheep. The Maui-based organization is a unique mobile food distribution program that hands out groceries in different neighborhoods to those who need help, while offering emotional support and lending an ear to anyone in their time of need. 

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Rodney Strickland Helps Youth Reconnect to Culture & Focus on the Future

For his GEN-I challenge, Rodney Dakota Strickland (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), organized a three-day leadership workshop called Native Youth Seeking Knowledge (NYSK) for 18 Native American students across his county. The program focused on building leadership skills such as public speaking, communication and teamwork, and specific strategies for how they can implement these skills in real-life challenges in their community. 

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Persephone Eastman and Damakota Challenge the Redmen Mascot

Persephone Eastman (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) used her Gen-I Challenge as a platform to mobilize her friends in a youth group called the Damakota and to vocalize her beliefs regarding the ‘Redmen’ mascot of a local school in her area. Persephone paid a visit to the school’s board meeting to speak out against the mascot’s name, school logo, and their homecoming coronation and the overall the psychological impact of stereotypical imagery.  

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