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Gen-I Ambassador Jadyn Williams Honors Mvskoke Veterans with Tribute Video

Fourteen-year-old Jadyn Williams of the Muscogee Creek Nation in Mounds, OK is a member of the Glenpool Native American Student Association (NASA) and Mvskoke Youth Council. For her Gen-I Challenge, she has worked to honor, pay tribute to, and memorialize Mvskoke Veterans with her Muscogee Creek Nation Veteran Project. Jadyn created her first tribute video in 2015, which was featured on the Mvskoke Veterans Facebook page and has been viewed over 12,000 times to date. She also interviewed the Muscogee Creek Nation Honor Guard and created a video that was shared online by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Her latest project was updating the Mvskoke Veteran tribute video. Watch Jadyn's video below:



Charles Mason Continues Socktober Initiative in Oklahoma

At twelve years old, Charles Mason (Muscogee Creek Nation) joined the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council and used the Gen-I Challenge to help found Socktober in his community. Socktober is a month-long initiative where socks, toothbrushes, tooth paste, soap, towels, and other toiletries are collected to help those in need. Charles has helped with this program for the last three years. This year, he and his peers collected 269 pairs of socks as well as other essentials for those in need in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma.  


Gen-I Ambassadors Experience Cross-Cultural Sharing and the Outdoors at Fresh Tracks Training Summit

Friday, July 14, 2017, National Conservation Training Center, WV — "What does it mean to be an engaged citizen?” Over the course of five days, 40 young leaders from across the U.S. and one from Hong Kong met at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV to discuss this question and more.