The Alaska Immigration Justice Project Language Interpreter Center in partnership with the Association of Village Council Presidents, Tundra Women’s Coalition, University of Alaska Fairbanks-Kuskokwim Campus, and Alaska Court System is providing an interpreter training on the roles and skills of interpreting including working with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking victims.
The training will be held in Bethel, Alaska on September 23-25th at the Kuskokwim Campus.
There are limited scholarship funds available for travel from the villages. If you are interested in attending the conference, please call TWC with questions at 543-3444. This training was supported by Grant No. 2011-WR-AX-0041 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
Special Thanks to Our Partners: the Association of Village Council Presidents, Tundra Women’s Coalition, the University of Alaska Fairbanks-Kuskokwim Campus, and the Alaska Court System.
Teens Acting Against Violence (TAAV) has returned from yet another very successful Outward Bound trip this year! Outward Bound is an outdoor education program where professional staff guide wilderness expeditions designed at fostering personal growth, leadership, and teamwork.
This year’s Outward Bound trip consisted of white-water rafting on the San Juan River in Utah. Six TAAV youth along with two chaperones embarked on a 5 day trip along the river. The teens learned different paddle strokes and how to coordinate and maneuver their raft, how to handle serious rapids, along with basic camping and survival skills.
After Outward Bound the group spent two days in Denver which consisted of going out to eat, visiting a water park, seeing movies, and of course plenty of shopping! Over all the trip was a huge success and could not have been possible without the help and generosity of all those who made donations and gifted us miles. Quyana!
TWC and TAAV hosted its second annual Teens Lead Ahead camp this summer from June 7th-10th. Nearly 50 teens gathered from Bethel and the returning villages of Kwethluk, Kipnuk, and Napaskiak along with teens from Kotlik for 4 days and 3 nights of leadership and prevention activities. The theme of this year’s camp was focused around respect- “Respect for ourselves, others, elder’s, and the environment.” The teens spent one night at the Catholic Church, one night at the ONC fish camp, and one night at TWC. Highlights of the camp included presentations and stories by storyteller Gene Tagaban, an elder discussion, subsistence activities at fish camp, a scavenger hunt, and several performances from the Yup’ik musical group Pamyua! On the last night Vicky Nechodomu of LKSD guided the youth in creating their own digital stories based on their own experience of the camp (check out their final products!). Teens Lead Ahead was a tremendous success this year and couldn’t have been possible without the help and generosity of our partners- ONC, AVCP, YKHC, ANDVSA, LKSD, the Catholic Church, Public Health Nursing and of course all of the chaperones, volunteers, and TWC staff who donated their time and energy into making Teens Lead Ahead such a success!
During June 2011 teens involved with TAAV and the Teens Lead Ahead youth camp had an opportunity to create 3 commercials, with funding and support through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The commercials are based on a poem called “When I’m an Elder” created and written by TAAV youth around 2002. This poem has evolved into a performance piece. Youth throughout the years have added and changed lines, slowly making “When I’m an Elder” an evolving TAAV creation. This poem has been read by TAAV members at events around the Yukon-Kuskokwim region and Bethel, as well as throughout the state. Though its origins are with the TAAV program, the teens having willingly shared it with ANDVSA, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and other groups to promote sharing their vision of their world with others in our state, as well as to allow others to contribute to the life and evolution of this powerful vision.
TWC hosted the first annual Teens Lead Ahead 2011 youth camp June 16-19. 30 teens from Kipnuk, Kwethluk and Napaskiak joined Bethel Teens Acting Against Violence members for 2 full days and three nights of leadership and prevention activities. This camp was a tremendous success- check out the digital story! The entire gathering was planned by teens in TAAV using the planning model of the statewide Lead On! violence prevention/leadership conference, which many of the TAAV have attended and helped plan in recent years. During the camp, youth spent one night at BABS, the second night at fish camp and the third night was a sleepover night at TWC. Katie (Baldwin) Basile and Alfred Wallace provided instruction and technical assistance on digital storytelling, there were elder talks, storyteller Gene Tagaban (who is originally from Southeast Alaska) shared performances and stories with the group at fish camp, TAAV provided a healthy relationships talk, there were suicide prevention talks, and other activities and speakers. We are excited to build on this model in future years as a youth violence prevention and leadership strategy. Community partners through the Elluatmun Partnership were critical for the positive outcomes of this camp (AVCP, ONC, YKHC, LKSD, etc.) and we thank everyone from these organizations who helped as well as the chaperones and other helping adults from the villages and Bethel. Quyana!