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We Thrive Together with AGUILA Youth Leadership, Sareya Taylor, Samuel Redbird, Arizona Humanities

Date(s): Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Discussion, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Indigenous, Novels, Professional Development
Cost: Free

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About this Event

Join the Piper Center and Aguila Youth Leadership Institute for We Thrive Together, an interactive and generative workshop for high-school aged youth on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom.

Centering peer learning and youth voice, this workshop will focus on themes of empowerment, resiliency and community as they affect young people preparing for adulthood. The workshop will be led by the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Sareya Taylor, and Future Inspired Native American Leaders Youth Council member Samuel Redbird.

Please note: this event is not open to the public. Individuals must be enrolled in the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute to attend. To learn more about enrolling in the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, visit their website at

Looking for more events? Explore Diné womenhood with Laura Tohe and Luci Tapahonso on February 27, write in response to the Heard Museum with Manny Loley on March 13, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at

About the Author

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AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute is a unique college access organization carefully designed to serve a growing number of youth navigate through their academic, personal and professional world.
Sareya Taylor

Sareya Taylor is a 19 year old White Mountain Apache and Navajo student. Sareya’s pronouns are they/them/she/her. Sareya is a poet who focuses on the Indigenous peoples of America and the trauma they may have experienced in their lives. Sareya also brings attention to and counters the stereotypes and misrepresentations of Natives that our society’s media and culture supports. They served as the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Phoenix and currently serve as a member of the International Indigenous Youth Council and a honorary 25 under 25 youth leader.

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Samuel Redbird is a Hopi, Maricopa, Tohono O’odham, Hia’ced O’odham, Klamath 17 year old youth. Samuel’s pronouns are he/him. He is currently a junior in high school and will be graduating next year. Samuel writes poetry, plays drums and guitar and is a member of the Future Inspired Native American Leaders youth council. 

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Arizona Humanities is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our mission is to build a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.

About the NEA Big Read: Phoenix

This event is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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