As a child growing up in Gallup, New Mexico, Tara Wolfe had myriad interests, but with a few twists and turns, those interests eventually would converge in the nearby Pueblo […]


When Tre’ Riley was growing up in the Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico, his little brother attended the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project’s Summer Camp. It was the first time Tre’ […]


Art has always been part of Cassandra Tsalate’s life. As a child, while her brothers pursued their own interests, she decided to try her hand at drawing. Then she started […]


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. […]