Kenny, Walker River Paiute Tribe, loves passing his enthusiasm on to others.
Ever since I started receiving recognition for excelling in sports (football) and in school, I have been looked up to by Native youth from my community. For the past 3 years I have been working and talking to Native youth from Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico about excelling in school and in life by being selfless, passionate,ambitious, and courageous. Having these morals in life will help them succeed and to take pride in their culture and to take pride in themselves on what they want to do. I am all of those things because I live it everyday. I’m passionate educating my community, whether they are a youth or an elder we can continue to grow…physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I want my community to be strong. I’m not talking about physically strong, but spirituality strong. I have always had a natural attribute of empowering others through motivation. This is why I decided to become an educator. Growing up I did not have a positive male role model in my life that I would see everyday. So by being that person I can see how my impact is already changing lives in my community. I just want to do as much as I can.