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.
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
HOMETOWN: Claremore, OK
Elizabeth Burns is a student at Rogers State University studying Spanish, English and Political Science. She is passionate about promoting healthy nutrition and obesity prevention. She previously served as the president of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council and continues to mentor youth who struggle with obesity, self-acceptance, nutrition and eating disorders.
Elizabeth recently worked on the Navajo reservation with Experience Mission, a nonprofit organization that partners with the community to meet their needs. She has also participated in mission trips to Costa Rica, where she taught English.
Elizabeth maintains a blog to raise awareness of health and wellness issues impacting Native American youth.
“There is so much shame and disbelief about suicide that it is rarely talked about; stories and life challenges are not shared. Suicide is a mental health issue, and sharing experiences with one another is important so that we all learn from each other.”