This session will focus on empowering yourself to live life powerfully. Our special guest speaker, Mr. Pahona. will talk about his experiences overcoming sexual abuse, alcoholism and suicidal episodes successfully. Our speaker will also discuss steps to seek out behavioral health and the process of moving from a rural reservation setting to an urban area.
About our Special Guest Speaker:
Waylon Pahona Jr. Hopi & Tewa/ Maricopa grew up on the Hopi Reservation. He spent more than ten years within the Gila River Indian Community employed by WIA (Workforce Investment Act), as a Youth Coordinator for five years, and five years with Gila River Health Care as a Lead Staff Trainer. Waylon is well known for transforming his life and being the founder/creator of Healthy Active Natives (HANs). The HANs social networking group on Facebook currently has over 76,000 HAN members nationally and internationally. Waylon’s journey has motivated and inspired many people across the nation to join the HAN’s movement. When creating Healthy Active Natives in 2012, Waylon’s vision was for HANs to be a space where Natives welcome all fitness levels and uses positive reinforcement to pick each other up against all odds to make positive changes. In 2013 Waylon also received the Healthy Innovation award by IHS Indian Health Services for his social media group. Waylon is also an Ambassador to Tanka Bar Jerky.