Meet Dillon Turman, 2016 CNAY Youth Ambassador
Dillon is 23 years old, from the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and a member of the Cherokee Nation Helping Others Reaching Out (HERO) project.
The HERO project is designed to provide counsel to Cherokee youth and help them develop coping skills to address challenges ranging from academic stress to abuse. Through the HERO project, Dillon travels to Native communities to raise awareness of mental health issues affecting young children. He engages tribal leaders and community members to emphasize the importance of children’s mental health, and advocates for more resources to support the mental and emotional well-being of youth. Dillon also uses his work to combat stigmas surrounding mental healthcare. Click here to read about Dillon’s work to implement therapeutic jurisprudence in Cherokee Nation courts.
Dillon is a great leader for Native American youth and CNAY looks forward to seeing the change he makes for future generations.
In search of the 2016 class of Champions for Change, the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) received more Champions for Change applications than ever before. Although we can only select five Champions, the CNAY team and review committee were deeply inspired by the stories youth shared through their essay and video application submissions.
Our Founder and Chairman, former US Senator Byron Dorgan, created the CNAY Youth Ambassador role to recognize the incredible leadership of all applicants and provide them opportunities to engage with CNAY. Acknowledging these Ambassadors aligns with CNAY’s efforts to elevate positive stories from Indian Country.