Dani and the Giant #PEACHESFORLIFE

My name is Quiachtunaut, my english name is Danielle Kennedy-Jefferson but prefer to be called Dani. I am Assiniboine from my mother’s side and Coast Salish from my father’s. I live in Lummi Nation, ten minutes from Bellingham, which is two and a half hours from Seattle in the state of Washington. I go to Ferndale High School and will be a Senior.

I describe myself as positive and a writer. I know that 80% of my day I have a smile on my face and that I have the need to write random things that come to my mind. I love to put my thoughts and imagination into a story. It keeps me going.

This past spring and the beginning of summer I did the program, a mini university for Coast Salish students, and we did a lot of conservation projects. I felt important because I was helping my people’s land. I also started my first job 6 days ago and I realized I love going to work, not only because I had my own office but I love the feeling of being mature and like I’m my own person.

At my high school I do Sports Medicine for football and it’s basically first aid for football players. It’s what makes me want to go into a major in Medicine when I graduate high school and go to college. I love helping people.

I sing with my sisters professionally and have used our voices for activism.

I don’t know what I want to accomplish but I hope that I do figure something out.Dani

Maya’s First Day

Today after orientation, we had a tasty lunch in the dining hall. Then we had theatre with Rose Portillo! Theatre is always one of my favorite parts of the day because it’s a time for everyone to just let loose. I can stretch out my body, and I have a chance to shout as loud as I want- not to mention i love playing games. When we finished with theatre we met with our mentor teams to lay down some ground rules, and I’m so, so pleased with my group. My roommate for my dorm hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m excited to meet her! We finished early and went for a swim in the pool. My bad ankle still makes it difficult to participate in specific activities, but healing is a process and it’s going well. Afterwards, we made clapper sticks with Julia Bogany! I loved decorating mine and can’t wait to use it during song later.

Maddie’s Bio!

Hello everyone!

My name is Madison (Maddie) Garcia. I am seventeen years old and live in Los Angeles with my mom and two dogs. I attend school at Anahuacalmecac International University Prep. I have been going to Anahuacalmecac since kinder and will soon be entering my final year (rising senior). I feel overly exited to be participating in this program, I am most excited for all the new adventures and experiences. I also feel honored to be apart of this programs community. My dad’s side is Kumeyaay from Baja California and Huichol from Jalisco Mexico. My mom’s side is from Newfoundland Canada. Both of my parents are super happy I am participating in a native youth program. Cannot wait for new adventures!


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Trisha is awesome because…

Hello, Im Trisha Smith from Lummi Nation in Bellingham WA. I see myself as an artist, runner, creative thinker, and shy. I go to Ferndale High school this is going to be my final year of high school which is very exciting. This program is amazing and I love it, third year attending cant wait to see what happens this week. Being shy puts me in difficult situations at school because I don’t like being a presenter in front of so many people. My favorite sport to play is volleyball. I never wanted to learn any other sport in middle school because I always played volleyball. I can listen to anything music but jazz. Jobs that I have done were within the tribe, I was titled as part of the work crew for a couple of years to clean, cut grass, and pick up garbage for about five weeks in the summer. Now I work in Human Resources with tribal members in Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC), I took time off to be part of this program. I plan to go to a college here in California my dream college is San Fransisco University to major in Business marketing or accounting. My second choice is to attend a college close to home, possible in Seattle.

Getting to know me#1 I adore kittens but I like having a dog as a pet.


Hey! I’m Maya. I’m of Taíno and mixed European descent, and have lived in Claremont all my life. I am an upcoming junior at Claremont High School, and I enjoy spending my time drumming, rock climbing, and teaching. I teach art with a volunteer program called artSTart to elementary age children. This program has led me to do things that I wasn’t even aware i was capable of (Such as speaking in front of the mayor, councilmen, AND  60 people) and I am so grateful for it. I’m not yet sure if I’d like to do art therapy or elementary school education, and am considering a double major in sociology and psychology. I am ecstatic to be back at Native Youth to College for the second time. Going to college is incredibly important to me, and being that Pitzer is my top choice, I couldn’t be happier to be here. I am so enthusiastic to be at a program that ties together native culture with my passion for education. 

Daniel Fabian First Blog

My name is Daniel Fabian and I am from Pomona, California. I am Native American and I’m also apart of the Pit River Tribe located in northern California. I see myself as a dreamer because I have a lot of goals I hope to accomplish. I currently go to Damien High School and will be a senior.daniel2 I have been to some native pipeline events at Western University in the past. A special project I have done at my school was to raise money and buy various items for families who couldn’t afford to give their family a good Christmas. Recognitions I have obtained at my school was Green Honor Roll and outstanding achievement in a chemistry course which means I finished top five in that course. I have not publicly given a speech before but maybe someday I will. Volunteer jobs I’m proud of is being a helper at a elementary school in which I taught 1st graders math and made sure they were able to understand the concepts. I hope to be less shy and quiet in the future because it is problem that I need to overcome.


2016 Recommendation Links Now Available

Good Morning Everyone!

It’s already February and just the other day it was January 1st, 2016!

Recommendation Links for both 2016 Mentor and Student Applications are now available.

Mentor Recommendation Link: http://forms.pitzer.edu/cec-mentor-recommendation-form/#gf_36

Student Recommendation Link: http://forms.pitzer.edu/cec-student-recommendation/

You can also find either of these by clicking on the 2016 Applications and then either the Student or Mentor Application tab in the Dropdown menu.

Please remember, you need 2 recommendations from someone who knows you and your work well – a teacher, a mentor, a boss, etc.

It’s never too early to ask for recommendations if you are applying for the program.

2016 Applications Are Out!

Okay, so the moment you all have been waiting for is here!

The 2016 Native Youth to College Applications are out!

We will be having both the Online and PDF version available. Right now, only the Online applications for both the mentors and the students are available. A PDF version to download will be coming soon. They can be accessed below.

Please go to the Application Page – https://nativeyouth2college.org/2016-applications/ – and select either drop down link for further information on the applications themselves, important dates, etc.

Important Due Dates for both:

  • Application Deadline                                                Friday, April 29th, 2016 at 5PM
  • Notification of Decision                                           Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 5PM

If you have any questions regarding the applications or anything else, please contact Program Director Scott Scoggins at 909.706.5948 or scott_scoggins@pitzer.edu.

Good luck and we look forward to reading all your applications.