CJ Francis was one of only five Native American youth selected to the Aspen Institute’s prestigious program
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Passamaquoddy Tribe member and Pleasant Point resident Carrol “CJ” Francis, who was named a “Champion for Change” by the Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth. The prestigious program selects only five Native American youths each year.
“I was delighted to meet with CJ and discuss many important issues concerning Native Americans,” said Senator Collins. “CJ is a highly motivated student with an impressive record of community engagement and leadership. I am pleased that he is being recognized as a “Champion for Change” as one of only five Native American youth selected to participate in this prestigious program.”
CJ is a student at Shead High School in Eastport. After overcoming bullying in middle school, CJ has sought to foster positive relationships within his community. His community work focuses on creating mentorships between members of different generations. CJ himself is an active mentor and has engaged peers by teaching them about topics ranging from preparing healthy, traditional foods to protecting natural resources. CJ hopes to one day become the Chief of his tribe.