2nd Annual Lead On! For Peace and Equality Conference

October 4th -6th 2009 ** Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska

Teens Acting Against Violence (T.T.A.A.V at Lead On! ConferenceA.A.V) members Kisha Lee, Maya Morris, and Cynthia Andrew attended and served as presenters at the 2nd Annual Lead On! For Peace and Equality conference. Lead On! is a conference that unites youth leaders with community partners to develop projects to promote peace and equality in each of their home communities. At the conference T.A.A.V members participated in numerous workshops involving theatre, art and media to improve their leadership skills. Nationally acclaimed speakers like Courtney Macavinta, Gene Tagaban, Oscar Degruy and Ellen Frankenstein also served as inspiration to create positive change in the world.

One of the highlights of the conference was attending workshops and performances by The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC). DAYPC is a multicultural teen group from Oakland, California that creates original performance arts pieces using song and rap, hip hop, modern, and aerial dance, martial arts, and theatre. “The Destiny Arts group was my most favorite part of the conference because they were good dancers, had a lot of talent, and taught me the five fingers of non-violence, ” said Cynthia AT.A.A.V at Lead On! Conferencendrew.

During the conference T.A.A.V members also did a 20 minute presentation about conducting violence prevention work in the Yukon-Delta. Presenting proved to be  an empowering experience for T.A.A.V member Maya Morris, “Although I felt nervous to present, afterward I was proud”. Overall Lead On! was a wonderful experience. T.A.A.V is currently integrating their new knowledge and resources gained at the conference into their violence prevention program. Stay tuned for updates!

Donations Needed

October  29, 2009

Dear  Supporter,

Tundra Women’s Coalition is a shelter and outreach organization serving victims of family and sexual violence in Bethel and the villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in southwest Alaska.  As many of you know, this region has some of the highest rates of interpersonal violence in the country.   Many families come to our doors desperately needing a safe place for shelter, food and support when they are forced to flee abuse.

Bethel residents, you have watched our new building rise from the empty, cleared lots in May to a nearly finished building in October.  Out-of-town supporters, we would like you to know that after years of planning and work, this facility was built quickly over a few summer and fall months and is a beautiful addition to our community. This building is designed to house programs and staff who respond to and prevent violence.  We chose to allocate our capital budget for building more square feet so we can maximize the number of people we can help. Now we are asking for community support in our efforts to furnish the building’s interior.

Will you help us create a safe, comfortable living space for families forced to flee violence?  The cost for fully furnishing our new building will be $100,000. Your gift will make a difference.  Many of you know that Bethel is a remote, isolated community where the costs of goods are extremely high.  Please also know that we will spend your cash donation on the critical items we need.  Below are examples of the costs of specific items:

* Light bulbs $25
* Playroom toys $75
* Area rugs $165
* Beds $525
* Outdoor play area equipment $755
* Residential couches $1225
* Dining room table and chairs $8,125

Your gift of any amount is greatly appreciated; no amount is too small or too large to reach our goal of earning $25,000 in cash support from individuals and businesses.  Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Roll, MD

Tundra Women’s Coalition Board President