This youth advocacy effort follows the story of high school student Emelia Pino and Healers of Tomorrow leaders as they work to address health inequities in her home of Zia Pueblo, one of the communities hit hardest in New Mexico by the pandemic.
While taking part in The Healers of Tomorrow Program, a mentorship program for underrepresented high school students, Emelia conveyed the hardships her people were experiencing to program leaders. This kickstarted allied relief efforts in response to rising COVID-19 cases. Emilia and her mentors worked alongside several organizations, including NHI and Protect New Mexico, to gather PPE and raise funds to support youth in her pueblo. Specifically, her goal was to support the mental/physical wellbeing of youth while their community is on lockdown.
This project highlights youth as under-recognized assets in their communities. It is an example of the impact youth can achieve when they are inspired and encouraged to build on their strengths as leaders.
Garcia, Eliana; Emelia Pino; Anthony Fleg; Daisy Belmares-Ortega; Kevin Dileanis; and Talyia Torres. "Healers of Tomorrow Zia Youth Project." (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hsc_2020_pediatric_research/16