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Tundra Womens Coalition
P.O. Box 2029
248 6th Avenue
Bethel, AK 99559
Business Line (907) 543-3444
Fax (907) 543-3752
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Happy Slaaviq to our Russian Orthodox friends! From, Tundra Women’s Coalition
Quyana to the Alaska Children’s Trust for awarding the Tundra Women’s Coalition with a primary prevention grant! TWC will use these funds to strengthen family bonds. The Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) was established in 1988 with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect throughout the state. It’s mission is to improve the status of children in Alaska by generating funds and committing resources to eliminate child abuse and neglect.
TWC will use these funds to further connect services between parents and children. There will be more events for youth and parents in the children’s and TAAV programs, and weekly family activities for parents and children in the shelter.
Running these activities will be TWC’s Elder, Mary Beaver, Children’s Advocate Maya Morris, and Clinician Shelly Andrews.
The fourth annual Teens Lead Ahead (TLA) took place June 18-21 in Bethel.
Organized by Teens Acting Against Violence (TAAV) in Bethel, the four day youth leadership camp focused on the theme, “Keep the Cycle Positive.” Drew Michael, the mask carver whose exhibit, Aggravated Organisms, was on display earlier this spring at the Cultural Center in Bethel, mentored the youth as they carved their own masks. Marie Alfred showed the teens how to create their own story knives. Keggulluk returned for a second year to talk about the importance of having a positive mindset, persistence, perception, piiaq, and making good choices. He also led the group in a yuraq. Teens Lead Ahead celebrates Yup’ik culture and traditions, local artisanship, and the power of youth from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta to support each other in creating positive changes in this region. At fish camp, the youth did many subsistence activities including stripping bark off of trees to hang fish, catching fish, cutting fish, preparing ducks, gathering tundra for tundra tea, singing, dancing, making akutaq, and swimming.
TAAV has welcomed youth from Napaskiak, Kotlik, Kwethluk, and Kipnuk to Teens Lead Ahead in the past. This year, youth from each of those villages returned, and for the first time, teens from Atmautluak, Hooper Bay, and Scammon Bay flew in for the camp. It was wonderful to have a greater representation of youth from throughout the Delta.
TLA would not have been possible without support from chaperones and community members in each of the villages. Quyana to Ellatmun partnership and Cheryl Offt at AVCP for support, Michelle DeWitt and BCSF who let TWC borrow their fish camp, Sally Russell and KUC for letting youth stay in Sackett Hall, Yuut Elitnaurviat for loaning its mini-bus, Alex Chaney for setting the net, transporting youth, and preparing the fish camp,
Kuskokwim Wilderness Adventures for providing transportation, Mary Beaver for donating some ducks, Sam Chanar for his help at the dorms, Christina Polachi, Shannon Cogan, and James Wayne for their help in setting up, Nicotine Control, Elizabeth Roll, Tiffany Tony, Debbie Fairbanks, Swansons, AC, and Public Health for providing food.
This spring, the TWC Thrift Store has managed to stay open thanks of a group of dedicated volunteers.
They have organized, cleaned, and sorted through an overwhelming amount of donations in the last two months as TWC have not had a full-time employee working at the store. Quyana for your support of TWC and your kindness to all of our customers!