Embracing Life

Derek Konga- 2021 Youth Mentor Award

Derek is the epitome of a youth mentor; as a teacher, he consistently goes above and beyond for our young people. He is a tireless advocate for traditional knowledge and offers wonderful spaces in his classes to introduce the concepts to all students.

As a coach, he elevates his athletes; it is not just about athletic ability with Derek, it is about work ethic, and attitude, he works so hard to build his athletes into great human beings who have respect, accountability and kindness.

I wish Derek had the opportunity to teach or coach every kid in our community because he leaves a lasting impression, and not just with his corny jokes.