Spotlight: CNAY Youth Ambassador Kamea Clark

Meet Kamea Clark, 2016 CNAY Youth Ambassador

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Kamea Clark is 14 years old and from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towoac, Colorado. Kamea won best student film at the LA Skins Fest – the largest Native American Film Festival in the world – for her contributions to ESCAPE, a short film on bullying and suicide on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation.

Kamea helped produce an anti-drug public service announcement for the Center for Disease Control, and worked on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)’s Veto Violence Campaign in 2015.

Kamea wants to continue to expand her education in film in order to help other Native girls explore careers in filmmaking and media. She plans to form a group of emerging youth leaders to be mentored and trained by speech teachers, public speakers, and behavioral health professionals in order to effectively present their films at school assemblies. Her goal is to reach at least 5,000 youth each year through her films.

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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. Acknowledging these Ambassadors aligns with CNAY’s efforts to elevate positive stories from Indian Country.

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