Hopi Solar Youth Camp in Kykotsmovi

KYKOTSMOVI - The Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture, in partnership with the Black Mesa Water Coalition and Northern Arizona's Science Enrichment Program, will present weekend camp for a solar theme workshop.

The workshop will also include solar panel basics, DC device and light testing, solar cooker demonstrations, as well as providing support for youth empowerment and leadership skills through communication and hands-on learning.

"I learned about this solar youth camp from Joseph Costion, who teaches solar and alternative building workshops at Coconino Community College. I thought this would be a great opportunity for the youth in Hopiland. It seems like a great fit being that in Hopi there is already so much respect for the sun and it makes sense that we encourage and help foster technology that does not pollute and destroy the environment such as electricity that comes from fossil fuels," stated Jacobo Caranza, Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture and Solar Camp organizer.

The instructors who will be contributing to the workshop are from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Coconino Community College (CCC) in Flagstaff. The two solar experts are Joe Costion, department chair from the CCC Construction Technology Management Program, and Mansel Nelson Institute for Environmental Professionals Environmental Education Outreach Program, as well as six other staff pre-service teachers from NAU's College of Engineering in Natural Sciences.

The Hopi Solar Youth Camp is a free event but requires registration to attend. Registration packets can be picked up before the event from the Kykotsmovi Village Administration Office, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration packets must be turned in before the event to ensure a space for the event. Late registration the day of the event is possible; applications will be available at the door, but space is limited so late registration applicants might not be able to attend due to space constraints.

The Hopi Solar Youth Camp will take place at the Kykotsmovi Village Community Building. The camp will begin Friday, April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., which will cover the introductions and orientation portion of the camp. On Saturday, April 12, activites will start at 8 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

"As an emerging group from Hopiland, Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture is always looking for opportunities that will benefit and empower our Hopi People. We want to contribute to our people's existence in a meaningful way. It is a learning experience for all of us and we always like to have the youth involved throughout this process so I am very happy that we are hosting this solar youth camp," said Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Director, Lilian Hill.

For a complete schedule of presentations and discussions or for more information about the Hopi Youth Solar Camp please contact Jacobo at (928) 637-5468 or e-mail your questions to Jacobo at hopitutskwa@yahoo.com.

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