Youth leaders such as Eva like to grow food themselves for their families, their community and the grocery store at New Columbia. Here is her story:
I work alongside a lot of other youth. A big part of my job is being open to experiences, learning a lot and taking a step back. Another big role I have is to listen and learn and teach. Just because some people are older than me doesn't mean I can't teach them and they can't learn from me. I think that is a cool part of the job.
A big gift that I learned from my grandma was empathy. She would help other people because she knew the struggles of these people and she could empathize with them. She was one of my biggest role models. Even in my hardest and weakest moments I want to be able to recognize what other people feel and try to help them.
When I was in third grade, I wrote a poem because I was so in to my culture and learning about who I was. I was so inspired by the dancers, and I was having so much fun at the powwows. My grandma would take me to powwows and she would be so excited to see me dance."
A small pot of beef stew.
"Dance," cries my close people and they get their wish.
I slip on my moccasins.
Native dancing is a dream.
The loud shouts make me feel at home.
Just a native song makes me feel like I belong.
So close to god I pray it will never go away.
In a true powwow
when I dance and my feet go off the floor
I never want to leave.
My hair smacks me in the face
and reminds me that I can't stay forever.
So I enjoy dancing as much as I can.
I can't believe that one night at the powwow could set me for life
But I can never get enough of my culture.
Youth leaders of Village Gardens' Food Works program (a program of Janus Youth)