The Jimmy R. Newton Jr. Youth Leadership Conference was held on Saturday, May 16 at Ignacio Middle School. The conference was created by the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Council and was designed to help the youth develop team building and leadership skills, while still learning about Ute culture.
Kalynn Weaver holds guesses where the other team is hiding the bones during a hand game presentation taught by Kathryn Jacket and Marge Barry.
D’Vondra Garcia represented Southern Ute Royalty during the Jimmy Newton Jr. Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, May 16.
Activities that included team-building skills were made available for the participating youth.
In addition to team-building activities, a Hand Game class and Ute culture class was hosted at the conference.
Yellow Jacket performs a song in remembrance of Jimmy R. Newton Jr. as attending guests participate in a round dance.
A young attendee of the Jimmy R. Newton Jr. Youth Leadership Conference reads about the life of the late chairman.
The Jimmy R. Newton Youth Leadership Conference attendees participate in one of SUCAP’s breakout sessions, which included Durango Dot Comedy.
Along with friends, food and leadership came hashtags! SCSYAC started two hashtag campaigns in an effort to accept President Obama’s challenge to help our youth in our community.
Elaine Newton, mother of the late Chairman Jimmy R. Newton Jr., presented Jerrika Valenzuela with a check for $250.00 as one of three winners of the Emerging Leadership Awards. Also receiving scholarships were Abrianna Baker-Silva, Odyssey Baker-Silva.
Jerrika Valenzuela presents her board dedicated to the late Chairman Jimmy R. Newton Jr. as a part of the student panel along with Lakota TwoCrow, Abrianna Baker-Silva and Natelle Thompson.
Jazmin Carmenoros throws the ball trying to make it to the other side of the plastic with holes cutout as a teamwork exercise that the Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Tribe put on.
Mary Guenther poses with Tre’ (D’Shon Lloyd), and Dreezy (D’mitri Reynolds) of Y.E.T. (Young Entertainment Team) gave a presentation on how they write and compose songs.