Dolores Herrera, Transition Specialist for Mescalero Youth Development would like to take this opportunity to thank the students, the parents, and the staff who made the 2016 Summer Youth Academy a success.
The program was a hands-on training employment program targeting high school students from Ruidoso, Mescalero, and Tularosa. The program consisted of five students from each school. With funding from the Mescalero Youth Development, Indigenous Generation Green Grant, we were able to provide a three-day leadership training and a six week summer employment training with an emphasis on natural resources. Through ENMU-Ruidoso our students received three college credit hours under natural resources.
The goal is for our students to continue their education whether it be a technician or a professional level. Partners include the US Lincoln National Forest, ENMU-Ruidoso, DRMP, and BIA. Together, we provided a different natural resource topic each week, including wildlife, range, springs, recreation, and forestry. We are all looking forward to new and exciting opportunities introduced to our students.
Students who participated are:
Ty Martinez, Ivy LaPaz.Janea Rocha, Journie LaPaz, Avahlee Muniz, Amaris Montes, Julia LittleYoungman, Dominick Kayitah. Bryan Fierro, Jacali Baeza, Lance Little, Alex Kaydahzinne, Morgan ValdezKolby Kane, Deanandre Valenzuela,
Special Thanks to: Mike Montoya, Peg Crim and Thora Padilla and staff for making things happen for our students.