Carroll “CJ” Francis, Jr.

Passamaquoddy Tribe
Age:
16
Hometown:
Pleasant Point Perry, ME

CJ’s goal is unity, strength, and healthy partnerships for all. After overcoming the effects of middle-school bullying, CJ poured his energy into fostering positive intergenerational relationships. He led youth in his community to create an event honoring elders with a focus on respect and learning from one another. CJ is an active mentor, engaging peers by teaching them about topics that range from healthy traditional foods to protecting natural resources, and more. CJ carefully crafts his educational and leadership experiences so that he can become Chief of his tribe. 

“I want our youth to understand the importance of respecting, honoring, and learning from our elders. Our elders are the foundation of who we are, and in order to keep our culture, language, values, and traditions alive, we all must learn to do this.”

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