Tenaya hails from our sister state to the North; she grew up in Seattle and is a Pacific Northwest baby through-and-through. As a young adult, Tenaya faced many internal and external mental health struggles including depression and PTSD. In college, she started searching for ways to positively reverse her negative behaviors and on her journey, she found that healthy movement, peer support, and finding ways to serve others provided her with healing and self-empowerment.
Tenaya found AmeriCorps while interning at a youth media nonprofit in Baltimore. After graduating college, she decided to join the national service family as a member of the National Civilian Community Corps, a team-based leadership program for 18-24 year-olds. It was through this experience that she discovered her passion for public service, travel, and for leadership in youth development. Since then, she has completed three terms of service as a VISTA in Anchorage Alaska to study and improve programs servicing those in poverty, and most recently, as a team leader of a Disaster Survivor Assistance team with AmeriCorps FEMA Corps honing her youth development and emergency management skills.
Her passion for community service, youth mentorship and development, and project management led her to Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon where she currently serves as Office Manager. Tenaya seeks to encourage and support others on their journeys toward recovery and self-empowerment. Her personal and professional experiences have contributed to her desire to give back to young adults in her community and she hopes that her work with children and young adults will become a lifelong career.
In her free time, you might find Tenaya in a yoga studio, hiking through a forest, theorizing about cinema, or volunteering in the community. She is always open to and excited by new ideas and ways of doing things.