Circles are important symbols. They can represent many things for Native communities, and at ZYEP they take on particular power when we see our children grow into healthy, thriving members […]


In 2009, a young boy in the Pueblo of Zuni heard about the new Zuni Youth Enrichment Project. He thought its inaugural Summer Camp program sounded exciting and fun, and […]

Elroy & Kandis

For Elroy Natachu Jr. and Kandis Quam, the decision to join the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project this year was not a difficult one to make. The 31-year-old cousins, born just […]


In youth work, we often talk about the importance of positive role models in the lives of children. We also know that it can be difficult to fully understand the […]

Meet Benjamin!

Hello! My name is Benjamin. I’m 7 years old, and I’m in second grade at Shiwi Ts’ana Elementary School. When I was 4, I started ZYEP soccer. Then I did […]

Meet Kaleb!

My name is Kaleb. I’m 11 years old, and I participate in all of ZYEP’s Youth Sport programs. I played in the soccer and flag football leagues this fall. I […]

Meet Sewa!

My name is Sewa and I am 16 years old. I joined ZYEP’s annual Delapna:we Oral History Theater Project when I was 13 years old. This winter’s performance will be my fourth. […]

Meet Jordan!

My name is Jordan. I am 9 years old, and I’m in the fourth grade at Zuni Christian Mission School in Zuni, New Mexico. I’ve attended ZYEP’s Summer Camp three […]


The Pueblo of Zuni is filled with people who seek to share their knowledge with the community’s precious youth. The next generation will carry on Zuni culture and traditions, so […]

Vicenti Family

When Kaleia Vicenti attended ZYEP’s first Summer Camp in 2009, she was just 7 years old. She didn’t know what to expect; her family didn’t either. They couldn’t have imagined […]