Hoopa High Students Working to be the Change

Caren Wise, Nah-Tes Jackson, Gary Juan, Julia McCovey, Alexiss Pratt, Irma Matilton, and Samala Maloney stood with the new stereo system donated by K’ima:w’s Human Services on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. / Photo by Kristan Korns, Two Rivers Tribune

By KRISTAN KORNS, Two Rivers Tribune

Hoopa Valley High School’s Be the Change club will be making some noise, thanks to support from K’ima:w Medical Center’s Human Services Department.

Be the Change, organized and run by students, is designed to give young people a voice and to empower student leaders to make positive changes in the community.

Student Whikil McCovey said, “We’re devising ideas for building the community, and changing the school to make it a better place.”

Senior Manuel Mattz said, “It’s something that we’ve never had here before and I’m really excited about it.”

Irma Matilton, an outreach consultant and counselor at Hoopa High School, said, “They all broke up into groups and came up with ideas.”

Among the students’ top ideas to help improve the school community were suggestions for cultural paintings on campus, healthier snacks in the vending machines, ways to honor families, and hallway music during lunchtime on campus.

That’s when Human Services stepped forward to lend the students a hand.

Julia McCovey, a coordinator for the Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI), said, “This club is part of the starting point of hearing from the students themselves.”

“We’ll help support missions and their causes and their goals as a youth group when they want to make changes in the community,” Julia McCovey said.

Human Services used funding through a tribal grant to purchase a new stereo system that the students could use to play music during lunchtime at the school.

Julia McCovey presented the students with the new stereo system in the morning on Thursday, Dec. 6, and was thanked by the students and advisory staff.

Student Talonna Nelson said, “I like the idea that we can put our ideas out there to be heard.”

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December 13th, 2012

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