On Tuesday, May 26, Lauren McLester-Davis addressed 2015 Coushatta graduates at an annual commencement ceremony in Elton, Louisiana. Over 140 people were in attendance and were inspired by Lauren’s message. Lauren is a member of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, and a 2014 Champion for Change.
Lauren’s commitment to literacy expansion led her to found the Greater Green Bay chapter of First Book, a national volunteer organization dedicated to placing books in the hands of children who may not otherwise have access to reading materials. First Book – Greater Green Bay serves seven Title I schools, the local Green Bay/De Pere YWCA, Boys and Girls Club of America – Green Bay, the Children’s Miracle network Hospital – Fox Valley, and community libraries. Through fundraising and donations, Lauren has successfully placed over 18,000 new books into the hands of children in need within her community. Her passion for providing books to children in need led to Lauren’s recognition as a Champion for Change.
CNAY Champions are Native youth between the ages of 14 and 24 years old working to create positive change in their tribal or urban Indian communities. To learn more about Lauren’s efforts or the Champions for Change leadership initiative, visit our website.