Sonny L. Walton, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
University of North Carolina-Pembroke
Sonny is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). Majoring in sociology with a double minor in studio art and substance abuse counseling. Driven by his work with the youth from his and other Tribal communities, Sonny wants to be a resource for his people as they face many challenges including addictions. As a reformer and community advocate, he wants to focus his work on mental health and addictions. He knows that his goal of providing this safe space to focus on mental health will allow him to reform the trajectory of American Indian youth for generations to come.