katebioKaitlyn Yepa, Treasurer & Board of Directors Member

Hello, my name is Kaitlyn Yepa, I am from the Pueblo of Jemez, a Tribal Research Team member, mentor and University of New Mexico Research Assistant for the RezRIDERS program. I am currently in my last semester of nursing school at New Mexico State University, with hopes to become a Labor and Delivery nurse. I enjoy giving back to my community because growing up on the reservation I was taught valuable life lessons from people within my community. I want to make a difference in the young adult population in my community because having someone to look up to as a role model, I believe, can make all the difference in the world. Some of my interests include running, sewing, and traveling. I have also fully participated in traditions and cultural activities in my community all my life and continue to do so to this day. I love where I come from because it has made me into the person I am to this day.

I believe one way someone can improve is through stepping out of their comfort zone and trying new things. You will never know what your capable of unless you are willing to take risks. Being a part of the Tribal Research Team and RezRIDERS as a whole has truly been a humbling and amazing experience. I was able to learn along with the kids throughout each extreme sport activity, as well as create friendships and memories that – to this day we still talk about. Throughout this program, I have come to see how resilient and determined teenagers are to accomplish tasks set ahead of them. To be apart of an experience that not many Native teens experience is very rewarding. Another reason why I love being a part of the RezRIDERS Program is because I can help students realize the potential they have. I am also given the opportunity to show them that the determination they have in RezRIDERS activities can also be used in different settings, such as school, etc. I truly am happy to been given the opportunity to become a mentor for my community’s young adult population.

In the wise words of my Uncle Alvin, “It is all in your mind and heart; You just gotta want.” This is a quote I live by on a day to day basis and hope to instill such a mindset in the young adults that I work with in the RezRIDERS Program.