Youth Advisory Board
One of the ways in which CNAY fosters continued youth engagement is through its Youth Advisory Board. The Youth Advisory Board is made up of the five most recently recognized Champions for Change, along with alumni from previous classes. As board members, Champions for Change act in an advisory capacity to guide and maximize the impact of our organization. CNAY solicits the input of these youth board members on a variety of issues, according to each person's area of expertise and interest.
Carroll (CJ) Francis Jr.
Mariah Gladstone Christie Wildcat
Nancy Deere-Turney Cierra Fields
Samuel Schimmel Faith Holyan
Jazmyn Espinoza Tatiana Ticknor
Jazmyn Espinoza is empowering her peers through creation of a mentoring initiative called, “The Warrior Circle Project.” She creates a safe space at the community center for youth to discuss challenges, suicide prevention, bullying, health and wellness, and to work together to offer advice and guidance to foster hope.
Mariah Gladstone A graduate of Columbia University, Mariah is passionate about food sovereignty and health and wellness. Mariah created Indigikitchen,
a web-video cooking show that teaches viewers to prepare traditional
pre-contact foods for modern, healthy meals. Mariah leads
culturally-responsive wellness classes like Powwow Zumba to encourage
healthy lifestyles in her community, in addition to other classes
focused on environmentalism.