Hello, my name is Gabriel Ray! Let me start by saying I am happy to be a WRAP Facilitator. I had my first experience with WRAP a few years back when I witnessed a facilitator help a group create their own WRAP's. At the time, I remember thinking what a great program this WRAP is and now here I am a WRAP Facilitator.
I am currently the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation, Healing Native Youth Minds Project. I have worked for tribal communities my entire professional career. I am a tribal member of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians. My first experience working with tribal communities was helping my uncle take care of the water system on the Hopland Indian Reservation in Northern California. I was between 7 and 10 years old at the time and would measure the water in the storage tanks, test the water, and chlorinate the water as needed. This is where I was first taught what it is to work for the benefit of a community. I have since, worked for many different tribes and under many different programs.
I am blessed to have my career revolve around working to better the lives of Native American Youth and their families. I believe early intervention allows for the necessary support needed to help keep our youth on a positive path into their futures. We need to reach as many native parents as possible to support them in being strong role models for our children. We need communities of role models without the negativity that dominates much of native communities today.
In today's world, there is a lot of hopelessness in the lives of many Native Youth. It is my vision for all native people to live their lives as they once did, with strong family values, rich in culture, and free of drugs and alcohol. I dedicate myself in providing help to native and non-native families as well as professionals and programs that lack the resources and lack the knowledge to serve the Native Youth and families of Lake and Mendocino Counties and all of Indian Country.
Let’s support our leaders of tomorrow today!