St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
HOMETOWN: Hogansburg, NY
As a first year college student, Brayden founded Helping Hands, a peer education and mentoring program focused on drug, alcohol and suicide prevention. Through the program, Brayden teaches his tribal community about making positive choices and how to recognize and respond to signs of suicide. Most recently, he began working with tribal leaders and community mental health professionals to form a youth group of Crisis Mediators, who will serve as first responders to peers in need of immediate support. Through Helping Hands, Brayden is working to save lives and remove the stigma too often associated with those who seek help in restoring mental wellness. He is also a youth lacrosse coach and leads a Native American student group at his college.