Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s Native Services Ambassadors embody the values and ethics of Native Services and serve as role models who choose to use their voice to strengthen relationships. These influencers help create awareness for BGCA Native Services to large audiences through testimonials and brand advocating. Their efforts ensure Native youth have a safe place to learn and grow, with caring adult professionals and life-enhancing programs adapted for Native youth that provide hope and opportunity. Click here to listen to an exclusive interview with BGCA Native Ambassador Martin Sensmeier.
George Rivera

George Rivera

Pueblo of Pojoaque

George Rivera, Former Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque in northern New Mexico is a man of many talents. He has served his Pueblo since 1992 as Lt. Governor and was appointed and soon elected Governor. George is also a Native American artist and has been sculpting and teaching art for over 20 years. His work centers primarily on monumental stone and bronze sculpture, painting and architectural design reflecting the life of the pueblo people.

Rivera is a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Lacoste School of Arts in Lacoste, France. At the latter, he held a teaching assistant position in sculpture and was an apprentice to a Japanese master sculptor during his three-year stay in France. His work is featured in many international collections.

Martin Sensmeier

Martin Sensmeier

Native American Actor

Martin Sensmeier is a Native American Actor and is of Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan, and Irish descent. He was raised in a Tlingit Coastal Community in Southeast Alaska and grew up learning the traditions of his Tribes.

Martin attended the Boys & Girls Club of Alaska and learned the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. As a former Club kid, he testifies to how Clubs are working to decrease the high rates of diabetes and obesity though activity, nutrition, and education.

In 2007, Martin moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. His job schedule working on an oil rig in Alaska allowed him to support his dreams. In 2011, he began pursuing a career in the arts full time. He recently starred in the remake of The Magnificent Seven, starring alongside Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and others.

Ernie Stevens, Jr.

Ernie Stevens, Jr.

National Indian Gaming Association

At age 15, Ernie Stevens drove a car, worked full-time and considered himself a grown man. His mentors at the Oneida Boys Club taught him how to be a kid again, he says. Club staff provided Ernie with much-needed male role models. They also gave him the chance to compete in sports, helped him develop self-discipline – and convinced him to return to school.

Stevens has served as councilman for the Oneida Nation and a leader for the National Congress of American Indians. He is now the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association and a respected Native American civil rights advocate who supports Native Clubs.