My name is Czarina Campos, and I am a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. I graduated from Arizona State University, and now work with the Indian Health Service. I have been an Urban American Indian my whole life, and super excited to be a part of the National Council of Urban Indian Health’s Youth Council for 2019-2020. I am looking forward to collaborating with the inaugural youth council on their campaign, as well as working with this year’s council members to continue helping other AI/AN youth.
I hope that by being on this council, I can show others how important it is to create and maintain a native network with friends, mentors and role-models, and staying connecting. It was hard for me to fully appreciate my culture being an urban Native American, and always being far away from my extended family back in Oklahoma, but then I see what my fellow native peers are accomplishing and their achievements inspire me to continue to give back and help future generations, and to become a role model for AI/AN communities.
With that being said, I want to encourage all AI/AN youth to attend the Inaugural Youth Council’s first event – a Native Youth Convening. This convening will introduce campaigns that were designed by native youth, and most importantly teach native youth on how to become an Indigi-Wellness Champion. Please sign-up at https://www.ncuih.org/youth-convening and join us on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 from 3:00 PM- 5:00PM EST.