La’akea Judd, a incoming junior at Keaau High School at the Big Island of Hawaii identifies with the Native Hawaiians. Judd was a part of the Go Green Group, which created a 8 minute video featuring La’akea himself and other shining stars from NYCALC. Judd summed up his experience by saying, “It was actually so amazing the way we all came into the room and how nobody knew each other at first. And then we started talking and after that we all just went from there. And before you know it, we had all these questions, ideas, and solutions… It was just an amazing and awesome experience. We really did work as a team. Nobody was left out. We all did it as if we’re family and we are now and forever!” Jamilla Martell, also believes the relationships created from the week at NCTC was a highlight. “NYCALC gave me lifelong connections and networks to indigenous people all over the country. It really has encouraged me as a Native Leader to do good and help our people conserve our lands.” says Martell. La’akea Judd also discovered the compassion and friendliness of the NYCALC group by saying, “When I first got to this place, I have to admit I was so nervous and scared of meeting new people… I would be sitting by myself and people I didn’t even know, chaperones, came and sat by me and started talking with me. And now those people are my family and friends. And I was thinking to myself, how can these amazing, loving, kind, sweet, people want to sit by me out of everyone else in the room? I was brought to tears and I think about that moment every, single day and night. Just exploring and meeting all these people, the Native Americans, the Alaskans, the Samoans, I fell in love with all their cultures and I want to help them and be involved with their activities and culture.” I can relate to Judd because in my first year, I was also that shy person trying to find the words to say to strangers. This second year, I was one of those people going up to people I have never met before, trying to engage them in the activity and connect with them. I wanted to learn their names, where they came from, what their aspirations were, and if any way, I could help them along their path.