Rio Rancho Public Schools Native Youth Leadership Workshop 2016

RRPS-MSNYLS-2nd-AnnualRio Rancho Public Schools will be holding its free 2nd Annual Middle School Native Youth Leadership Workshop on March 19, 2016 at the Lincoln Middle School Library for RRPS Middle School students.

Both Jolynn Pruitt (Navajo) and Dominic Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo) will be the Keynote Speakers at this youth event talking about “Moving Forward in Life with Resiliency”.

PDF files of the Agenda and a Sign Up form are here:

Promoting Youth Leadership for Native American Students in RRPS

The purpose of the Native Youth Leadership Workshop is to use traditional stories, leadership activities, and Native American role models to guide students in discussion about how to move forward in life with resilience.   Our host, Shurvina Lee, will use the metaphor of tree rings to guide activities that focus on our journey of life. During each workshop sessions, students will reflect upon their life experiences and determine the choices that they need to make to create a vibrant future. In between each session, students will participate in team building challenges that focus on overcoming obstacles and working as a community. Lastly, our keynote address will discuss how resiliency can lead to a life of achievement.  Throughout our workshop, the stories told and experiences shared will enliven students’ imaginations and encourage them to face adversity with a resilient spirit.

Native American Heritage Month Presentation


I felt the need to create this presentation and video after recently reading news articles regarding the lack of or removal of relevant education about Native Americans in our country’s school curriculum. And since November is Native American Heritage Month, I thought it would be a great time to share this presentation with my children’s elementary school classes and beyond.  Enjoy!

– Jolynn

Building Your Academic & Professional Career (digital guide) – AISES Winds of Change

2015WOC-BldgAaPCareerThe American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) has produced a career guide for students and professionals this October 2015.  It contains relevant and helpful advice for Native American youth and professionals like:

  • Making the most of conferences
  • Taking the tenure track
  • Creating connections that count
  • Skill building for students
  • Online resources

Here are a couple links that will be helpful to access this guide, the first link is to the online digital version of the guide (which looks like a magazine in browser), for those that prefer PDFs here is a link is to the PDF version of the same guide (which is about a 6.2MB download to your favorite device).

If you are interested in some their past guides, here they are:


– Dominic

Native Professionals in the News – Rochelle Larson

RochelleLarson-AJEnvironmental Engineer Rochelle Larson, from the Navajo Nation, was featured in the Albuquerque Journal on October 18, 2015.

… “Young girls, and boys, for that matter, don’t go into engineering because they don’t know any engineers, said Rochelle Larson, who grew up in a small town on the Navajo Nation and got her master’s degree in environmental engineering from UNM. She has worked for seven years at an international consulting engineering firm. Last week, she went to two schools as part of her volunteer work with the Society of Women Engineers to encourage kids to choose engineering.” …

Use the this link below to read the full article on