Advocacy through storytelling


Lakeport >> Out of thousands of essays submitted from across the country, two of the strongest stories came from Pomo natives, athletes and Clear Lake High School freshmen Rodrigo Lupercio and Tj Keeya Talamoni-Marcks.

The two are among the 30 students chosen to participate in the sixth annual Native Youth Health Summit held in Washington D.C. by the National Indian Health Board in September. Its theme is “Youth Advocacy: Telling Your Story to Create Change.” Students will learn tips and techniques to spread the word about tribal health issues through digital storytelling workshops.

“It is a way to express their feelings, to create awareness of what’s really going on, the struggles of the different types of diseases,” said Kristin Amparo, Lake County Tribal Health Consortium youth lifestyle coach. “These are things that they see every day, that impact them every day.”

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