Trinity Olsen-Benton


Trinity Olsen-Benton

Trinity, Ouzinkie and Suniaq, Tribe of Kodiak, would like to build relationships with youth around her community in a positive setting.

I have lived in Kodiak, Alaska my entire life and seen many people get involved with negative activities such as drugs, drinking, or having a lot of sex. I believe it is important for people to be productive and work on themselves in any way they can. I would like to not only keep people busy, but show them support and the true value of productivity. I’m interested in finding a supportive way I can be a part of my community. I have always been passionate about art. My long term goals are to get a degree in psychology and art to become an art therapist. Art therapists have a lot to offer, especially to youth. I would like to do some native art with kids and young adults in my community. To do this I would need other people involved because I have no funding myself to supply the community art supplies. I’ve made paper bent wood hats and Eskimo yo-yo’s in my Native Alaskan studies. I think those would be good projects to do with people. I also enjoy crocheting and writing poetry and would like to do poetry with other people. I believe I’m a good teacher, I taught my little cousin how to crochet. I have experience painting murals and doing labor work around my community fixing roofs painting houses and decks and landscaping. Every year I paint windows with Christmas decorations and have made money doing so under my own employment. It would be fun to spend the next year doing several activities with fellow community members. I feel like I have what it takes to be a leader. I attended the Afognak Youth Leadership Program in 2011 when I was a senior in high school. I was taught how to be a leader in my own life and in my community. I also feel like Leadership is a strength for me because I am an honor student and I carve my own path with my passions. I spent many classes in high school with a schedule filled up by art because it is my passion. I worked independently and diligently, and my mixed media pieces were in the state art show twice. I’m always ready for a challenge, as any leader should be and I like teamwork a lot because without support, all ballasts are bound to fall.

My father recently told me that our family has Comanche ancestors. Where to turn to find out the truth?

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