Jarrod’s Photoshop Photo & Final Blog

I photoshopped me at eagle rock that is near my reservation. I photoshopped myself at eagle rock because i have admired it for so longer since when i am going to my reservation and point it out every single time. I have always wanted to visit it up close but i couldn’t every time. So i photoshopped myself there with my clapping stick that i made last year. And i used the eagle because i wanted it to represent the rock. I used the coyote because at my reservation, there are many animals but i have admired the coyote the most.

jarrod eagle rock edit final

Since it’s my last blog, i would like to thank Adrian, Michelle, Aolani and Elizabeth for helping me out through a tough time and constantly checking up on me. I would also thank them for being really good friends throughout the program and even if i don’t see them again, i wont forget what they did for me. And my biggest take away was when we went to Limuw, when i was on the boat i felt a sudden happiness, just the scent of the ocean and seeing the dolphins. It made me stress less and helped me calm myself down. And the Snorkeling and the Kayaking got rid of a fear of me being in the ocean.


Last blog of NY2C! :(( Ben


My 2nd year here and it was so much fun! The kids here are so much fun and they have a good vibe around them. I bonded with all of them and I became friends with all of them as well. The mentors were also great as well, they explained their opinion about the topics that really helped. The teachers and elders taught me so much, I  can’t wait to take in more knowledge. This experience made me think about my future and my career path. It makes me use to college and I’ll be ready when college comes around. To all the seniors: I had so much fun with you guys!! I will miss you all! You guys made this fun and I hope for the best for your future! Thank you to everyone that came here and impacted this trip for me. See you next year NY2C!!!

Thank Yous and Takeaways by James Fenelon


The Native Youth to College program (NY2C) is now coming to an end it is appropriate to say a couple words of farewell. The first words go out to the elders which are the reason any of the activities within the program were possible. They did a great job of mixing fun with learning and deciding which times were appropriate for which. Julia, Scott, and the mentors did an excellent job of guiding the youth. Without them we would not have any foundations to build upon. From those foundations there were many takeaways from the program. NY2C wove together getting into college, college life, as well as importance of culture. Every student shined during the two weeks while we were together. I am going to miss all of the family I have gained here. Hopefully we do not forget one another and that our roads cross in the future. Notice how the final words are farewells and not goodbyes, this is because we will see each other in the future in one form or another.

Beginning of the End of the Program: Tyvon Greyeyes

Sadly this day marks the beginning of the end for Mayan Math, Indigenous Games, and even Blogging. First I’d like to thank our elders Julia, and Mahti, our teachers Santos, Shelva, Angela, and Val for the life changing information that will benefit me in the future. We learned about Environmental Law, Applying for College, Mayan Math, and many more interesting topics that I will do my best to apply to my tribe and local community. The most impactful thing that I learned from this program was environmental law because it shows how much we need to improve the quality and beauty of our Mother Earth. Another topic that impacted me was when Bradley Henson came for a presentation about how we can mix western medicine with traditional medicine which opened my eyes to new ways to help our communities. Finally I’d like to thank all of those who provided this crazy fun experience for me and overall be my friends and teachers throughout the program.



Isaac’s blog

isaacThe photoshopping was fun. I got to learn how to learn how to photoshop some stuff into a picture. i think i could make more pictures and just have fun with it. also make more about native americans. i like the way mine came out. what the picture means to me is that i am connected to the water and eagles are a big part of my culture and a part of my tribe. My experience being here was fun and I will take what I learned and share it with my community. Also the mentors where awesome this year. They helped us with anything we needed and also made sure that we where focused and on task.

Blog Prompt: Thank You’s and Biggest Takeaways

Today is our final blogging session 😦 I know you are all so sad to hear it.

This blog post has two parts. Please respond to BOTH prompts. 

1.  Write to your mentors, teachers, Elders and anyone else who has helped or guided you throughout these two weeks. Acknowledge them for what they did for you. Part of living life is getting help and saying Thank You.

2.  Write about your biggest takeaway from this experience.  What have you learned here and how will you apply this to your life back home, in school, etc….

If you need help remembering names or events, just ask!

If you have not yet written a statement about the photo you created in Photoshop… 

Please write another post saying why you chose the different images you did, and what message are you trying to convey by putting these pieces together. What does this photo mean to you? How do you want people to feel or react, and what do you want them to understand when they see it?

Add a JPEG image of your photo to the post. Let us know when you are ready and we will help you export your photo as a JPEG.

Always A Puppet by James Fenelon

The tables have turned

In this photo I have edited in a picture of myself with materialistic wealth. Most people decide they want to have these things just by seeing the shallow happiness it brings. However, most people don’t realize what you have to lose to get “wealthy” in this society. The gem above my head is a reference to the game Sims which involved the player controlling different characters with gems over their heads. What this means in this context is that in order to get “wealthy” in this society you have to play by it’s rules and must be willing to lose some of your value systems. Realistically wealth can come in whatever you value which can be family, honesty, and helping others. Your value system is key to what you consider true wealth. Happiness can be attained without the procurement of materialistic objects.

Tyvon’s thoughts of the last few days

Sadly the program is coming to a close and that point in which we will all say goodbye but we still have time. The few days have been packed with fun activities such as the Pitzer and Pomona college tours have had me interested in the choosing these colleges after high school. But I am drifting toward applying for Pomona because they have a great STEM program and the local environment is very friendly for everyone. The Limu islands tour was also another an amazing experience since I had the honor to appreciate the beauty of the island and the culture of the Chumash people. And today the presentation with Bradley Henson who taught us how herbal medicines used by indigenous peoples actually may have health benefits better than modern medicine and how we can apply this towards our communities. So this program has provided me with new experiences that will benefit me in the future so I say thanks to all the staff, mentors and the people behind the scenes who made this possible for me.

Isaac’s blog

i am going to talk about the when we went to the island. It was really cool to go visit some of the cultural spots of the Chumash people. we went snorking and it was cool to see the kelp and some fish. we also go to see a rock the looks like an elephant. i also like the western u think they talked about how some of them helped make movies and i though that was really cool that we got to meet someone who helped make my childhood movies.

Jarrod’s Blog

Today we had a talk about Edison, they were talking about saving energy and how they can give big check scholarships for college. I thought this was interesting because if you work for Edison you can get some other money. An then the whole animation talk was very interesting. Mostly because it turns out these animation companies actually do research on certain things they don’t know. Like head shapes and even how a baby deer’s body works. I also liked learning that some characters have to be turned into a unrealistic design, such as the main character in “Dinosaur”.