Our Vision is for all Native American youth to lead full and healthy lives, to have equal access to opportunity, and to draw strength from their culture and inspire one another.
Evynn Ksé:hahiyé Richardson is an 18-year old graduating senior from Warren New Tech High School who will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall. Being a proud member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, she plays an active role in her community by participating in culture showcases, Traditional Arts Programs (TAPs), and the local Indian Education program. She has had the opportunity to work on design projects for the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc., the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization, and is a proud illustrator of the children’s book It’s Homecoming Y’all: Nakoma’s Greatest Adventure. Evynn hopes that by pursuing her artistic endeavors she can continue to lift up other Indigenous people just like her mentors have done for her. Shelives by the saying, “If you want to know what your purpose is, all you have to do is ask yourself how you will feed the people.” By continuing to build her artistic skills, she believes that she is fulfilling this purpose.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) estimates that in 2016, 22% of AI/ANs lived on reservations or other US Census-defined tribal areas while 60% of AI/ANs lived in metropolitan areas.
“I overcame statistics that said I shouldn’t graduate, and am doing my best to ‘break the cycle’ in other ways too. I want Native youth to know that no matter what their past is, they can turn it around and make something of their future.”