Native American Fatherhood and Families Association

Alumni story
David den Boer 2014 2016 Mesa, Arizona (Phoenix)

I served two full VISTA terms with the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association in Mesa, Arizona.  I was able to venture onto multiple reservations during my stay and meet with native elders of several tribes.  Seeing first hand the level of poverty right in the backyard of many residents of the Phoenix Metro area raised my level of concern on how indigenous people were being treated right here at home.  I grew to understand the level of distrust between natives and non natives with the hopes of revisiting the population in the future as it is an area that needs a lot of work and care put into it.

Decade: 2010s