Success Stories

See What Our Clients Are Saying About Us!

Kyle T. (Navajo)
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.

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Christopher T. (Navajo)
My name is Christopher Tsosie and I’m from the Dine’ Nation. I was laid off from my job at Macy’s that I had for almost 10 years. The ‘I don’t know’ feeling of what to do and how to start all over again scared me. Then I heard about the NIYC-WIOA program, and how they can help find strong skills and how to apply them to a wide range of careers.  Also, to help me build a resume and cover letter, which was something I totally forgot how to do.  The NIYC-WIOA sent me to a work site where I was able to build on more skills, learn about a different work environment, and get paid for doing it.  Eventually that opened the door to a new career, which I can proudly say I am about to have my two-year employment anniversary at Sandia Resort and Casino.  Who knew I had the skills to balance millions of dollars?! This is what the NIYC-WIOA program can do.  They can help someONE who literally had nothing, didn’t know where to start.  They gave me the pieces of the puzzle, it was just up to me to put it together. Thank you NIYC!

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Valencia Z. (Navajo)
Ya’at’eeh my name is Val Zah. I am originally from Red Lake, AZ, near Crystal, NM. My maternal clan is Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water) and paternal clan is Tabaaha (Water’s Edge). I am a previous NIYC recipient early on in my educational journey and utilized the program. I was attending TVI (currently CNM) at the time and worked using my trade skills (cosmetologist) while I was completing my prerequisites. NIYC’s mission helped me achieve personal, economic self-sufficiency in achieving my educational goals at the time.  Years later, upon completion of my Masters in Social Work, I have arrived full circle. At this time, I am helping others to maximize their gifts and achieve a balanced life for themselves; in Dine’ we call it, “Iina baa hozho”. It is ultimately having compassion and treating clients with dignity while assisting them in reaching their goals for desired change by utilizing an empowering strengths-based perspective. I constantly learn from my clients who identify with their own journeys; they invite me to witness their self determination of making a difference in their lives with my assisted guidance in navigating their challenges. I encourage you all to reach high for your goals and don’t take “no” as an answer, but instead ask questions until you get the answer you are satisfied with. Thank you to NIYC for its beneficial support which aided me at the beginning of my educational journey.”

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