Our mission is to promote community wellness, lifelong fitness and youth empowerment in communities across Dine’ Bikeyah.
We began offering outdoor adventures for youth in the Shonto community in 1988 and incorporated with the IRS and Navajo Nation in 1994 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization: Youth Empowerment Services for Dine’ Bikeyah, aka NavajoYES. Since that time, we have been involved in offering positive programs and activities for youth and communities across the Navajo Nation. We have led over 250 wilderness outings for youth, organized the Tour de Rez, Chuska Challenge Shiprock Marathon and, in 2015, established the Navajo Parks Race Series. Our community service initiatives have led to the creation of many miles of trails across the reservation and we now serve in an oversight capacity, promoting the developments of trails across the Nation. Our community outreach and education efforts reach thousands of youth and families every year.