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!
For two days in July, TWC shelter staff and program participants learned about the process of jarring fish from the Cooperative Extension office at KuC. Thanks to all the donations of fish TWC receives, we were able to jar three cases of salmon as well as freeze a lot of salmon for the winter. Thanks to Leah Walsh for her time spent teaching this technique at TWC!
TWC hosted Alaska Immigration Justice Center’s Language Interpreter Project for an Introduction to Interpreting training May 31-June 2. 15 bilingual attendees spent 3 days with LIC staff learning about ethics, roles, boundaries, etc. in translating and interpreting settings. This workshop was funded with Pilot DV/SA Project funds in conjunction with the Elluatmun Partnership.
TWC hosted the 10th Annual Yukegtaaraat Celebration on April 30th, 2011. Honorees were Neva Rivers of Hooper Bay, Esther Green of Bethel and Peter Atchak of Bethel. More than 150 people attended this celebration, which honors people who have made contributions as helpers, leaders or supporters for their families, communities or the entire Y-K region. Thanks to all the businesses and organizations who were sponsors of this event, and to the dozens of people who contributed to the silent auction. We love celebrating these wonderful people who play important and vital roles in our communities throughout the Y-K region.
Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is sponsoring a FREE Children’s Fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 8, 2011 at the ONC Multi-purpose Building (the old bowling alley) along with several collaborative partners: TWC/CAC, ONC, YKHC, Law Enforcement & others. Each Agency will have their own information/activity tables. Come join us for fun & interactive activities, games, performances, cupcake walk and face painting. Collect & share information on healthy lifestyles, & volunteer if you can! This event is for children and parents of all ages! All activities are FREE!
On May 6th, the Children’s Program and TAAV traveled to Nunapitchuk at the request of the school. Nunapitchuck’s airstrip is located across the Johnson from the village, so the TWC staff got treated to two hair-raising sled rides across a rapidly melting river!! That didn’t stop the staff from getting to the school and teaching the kids, though.
The Children’s Advocate, Diane Typpo, taught the Kindergartners, first graders, second graders, and third graders about how to recognize safe and unsafe touches, and how to say no if someone broke the touching rule. The other Children’s Advocate, Eileen Arnold taught the fourth and fifth graders how to recognize, and say no to bullying. The junior high and high school got healthy relationship presentations from TAAV coordinator Abby Smith, and TAAV member Yvonne Aloralrea.
The kids were really engaged in the presentations and asked lots of questions. They helped make the presentations great!
This past Friday, the Children’s Advocacy Center hosted their 2nd annual Children’s Fair in effort to raise awareness during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Families and guests learned about the various resources offered in Bethel to support families. Also, kids and parents had the chance to meet Alaska State Trooper’s Safety Bear, play games, participate in a cake walk and win door prizes. With the support of local businesses and corporations such as ONC, AVCP, Corinna’s, Swanson’s, LKSD, YKHC, Public Health, Alaska State Troopers, Bethel Family Clinic, A/C, VIP Restaurant and Video World, this event came together. A special thank you to ONC for donating their multi-purpose building for the evening and for all the organizations who held information booths at the fair.
In early April, the TWC community gathered together with artist, Patricia Bulitt, to honor those female relatives who have made an impression upon our lives. By using paper dresses as a blank canvas, staff and clients remembered their aunts, grandmothers and sisters through pictures and images. At the end of the evening, we all sat in a talking circle to share our dresses and memories with eachother.
Chim, one of TAAV’s active members said her dress was made in membrance of her grandmother, Lena. Chim was named after her grandmother and remembers making her grandmother laugh. Chim painted her dress pink because her grandmother was always buying pink clothes and shoes for Chim.
TAAV member, Lena made a dress in memory of her grandfather, William. The colors and hand prints on Lena’s dress remind her of berry-picking with her grandfather as well his leadership of the Eskimo Drummers in Newtok.