WAYLON PAHONA JR. HOPI & TEWA/ MARICOPA

ABOUT WAYLON'S WORK

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Waylon Pahona Jr. Hopi & Tewa/ Maricopa grew up on the Hopi Reservation. He spent more than ten years within the Gila River Indian Community splitting his employment equally with the Workforce Investment Act [WIA] as a Youth Coordinator and Gila River Health Care as a Lead Staff Trainer. Waylon, known for transforming his life, is the founder and creator of Healthy Active Natives [HANs]. His HANs social networking group is currently 74,900 Facebook members strong and growing. Waylon’s journey has motivated and inspired thousands across the continent to join the HANs movement. In 2012, Waylon envisioned HANs as a space for Natives of all fitness levels to use positive reinforcement to lift one another even when positive changes seem impossible. Waylon has received the Healthy Innovation Award from Indian Health Services [IHS] for his social media group; additionally, he serves as an Ambassador to Tanka Bar jerky. Waylon’s Native Hope Fellowship focuses on the creation of a curriculum for HANs that Waylon can distribute to tribes, enabling them to develop programs within their communities. Additionally, Waylon will be working with filmmaker Mark Lewis on an episodic series for HANs.

 

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