Kyle Tapaha

Dine’ Nation

Services: Classroom Training Support, Work Experience Intern

“I arrived to Albuquerque from Window Rock, Arizona in 2015. I was a homeless Veteran on my own with little experience and no job skills outside military service but NIYC was one of many local resources that helped me get back on my feet. Through case management and support, I have since graduated with Honors from CNM in 2018 with an Associate’s Degree in Business. After applying and receiving classroom training assistance and guidance from the staff at NIYC, I was able to fully concentrate on my studies and was able to earn good grades.

I am a Work Experience Program Intern at NIYC and this opportunity is opening avenues. I am continuing my education at UNM pursuing a Bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership.

Things changed in my life when I discovered that there are teams of people ready and willing to help just like the staff at NIYC. I have so much to look forward to after graduating with my degree. All it took was the willingness to ask questions and be open to putting in extra work.

Thanks to NIYC and other organizations in New Mexico, I will be ready to take those next steps to help my people back on the Dine’ Nation and surrounding reservations.”