When We are Elders

Read by Members of TAAV at 12th Annual Yukegtaaraat Celebration, April 12, 2014

When we are elders

There will be enough fish for everyone.

We will see more wildlife animals

And no more pollution and smog.

There will be no abuse.

There will be no more drug and alcohol use and other bad stuff.

There will be healthier families, people, and food.

This will be a healthier place.

I will teach people how to Yup’ik dance

And how to sing Yup’ik songs, too.

We will pick berries from the tundra,

Make akutaq and eat dry fish.

We will tell stories.

And I will know the elders’ wisdom.

We will be in healthy relationships,

and respect and care for each other.

I am not an elder, but one day I hope that I will be as wise and aware

As the elders that have been chosen as Yukegtaaraat.


6th Annual Children’s Fair

TWC’S Children’s Advocacy Center (Irniamta Ikayurviat) along with several collaborative partners sponsored the 6th Annual Children’s Fair in honor of “APRIL – Child Abuse Awareness Month”. Each partnering agency had their own informational and activity table which included games, prizes, healthy walk (with healthy prizes). Door prizes were given every 15 minutes for kids and adults.

The grand prize, a round trip airline ticket went to Sean Harry Nicholas, son of Tommy Peter and Anna Nicholas.

Participants had fun planting sweet peas at the Association of Village Council Presidents’ table, and learning that “kids don’t float” from Family Infant Toddler Program. Many kids joined the “Two Bite Club” at the Women, Infants, and Children table. Nicotine Control showed a smoker’s black lung versus a healthy lung, encouraging youth to see that  “Tobacco is not our culture.”  Participants learned about food groups from Public Health’s nursing staff and the need for flu shots from the Bethel Family Clinic.  Teens from the 4-H youth Center shared information about their after-school and summer programs. Many were surprised as to how many teaspoons of sugar are in different types of drinks at the Family Nutrition Program table. Kids enjoyed the pinwheels that OCS shared, stuffing Easter eggs with the Lions’ Club, and having their faces painted by TAAV.  There were over 100 children and almost as many adults.  Thank you to all the volunteers, agencies that donated door prizes and drinks, and everyone who helped to make the event a success!


TAAV is Selling Krispy Kremes Throughout April

TAAV  will be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts during the month of April and the first week of May to raise money for its upcoming Outward Bound trip to Maine.

The cost is $20 for a dozen doughnuts.

Talk to a TAAV member or call TWC at 543-3444 to pre-order your doughnuts.  Doughnuts will be delivered on Friday, May 9.

Bethel Marches to Choose Respect

Members of the Bethel community marched in solidarity with Alaskans across the state on Thursday, March 27 as part of Governor Parnell’s Choose Respect initiative.

The event began at TWC where TWC employees Jamie Heinz and Susan Taylor welcomed the large crowd. TWC elder Mary Beaver spoke about how animals are role models for people in the way that they care for their young.  Rose Dominic offered words of encouragement about how everyone has a part in preventing domestic violence and sexual assault. General Mike Bridges of the Alaska National Guard was Governor Parnell’s representative in Bethel for the occasion. The walk ended with a potluck hosted by KUC.

Local media coverage of the event included:

“Bethel Rallies to Choose Respect” by Daysha Eaton

“Bethel Residents Rally to Stop Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” by Ben Matheson

TWC employee, Elena Dock, participated in Kipnuk’s Choose Respect Walk.


Double Your Dividend Update

Support TWC!This year’s PFD is expected to be twice as large as last year’s — approximately $1,800! Please consider supporting causes that you care about some more, especially TWC.

If you have already filed for your 2014 PFD, you can make adjustments to your Pick.Click.Give donation by visiting http://pfd.alaska.gov/

For the first time ever, ten people who give a portion of their PFD to Pick.Click.Give recipient organizations will receive an additional check equal to the amount of the 2014 PFD! To see the full contest rules, click here or visit the Click.Pick.Give website. Alaskans have until March 31 to file for their 2014 PFD.  

TWC Appreciates Our Volunteers

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!

Bethel City Council Supports TAAV

Several TAAV members attended yesterday’s Bethel City Council’s meeting. During the opportunity for public comment, they  spoke about their experiences with TAAV and the importance of the annual Outward Bound trip.

Hello my name is Elizabeth Andrew. I’m 17 years old. Outward Bound is a trip downstates where we do stuff outdoors. Last year we went to Oregon and we went whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River. We we did many things like rafting, swimming, and exciting things like jumping off rocks and swimming in fast water. We also got to learn new and different skills. It was a very fun and exciting experience. We want to go this year because it is in a Maine, a very new and different place. We are going to learn how to sail. We are very excited for this trip and have been planning and fundraising for this trip all year long. We need these miles because it is very far away and we need as much support as we can get. Thanks for considering giving to us.

Hi my name is Austin Atcherian. I am 16 and I am in 10th grade. I have been in TAAV for about two years. During Outward Bound I learned about leadership and I want to go back because I want to learn more and more stuff and have fun at the same time. Thanks for considering donating to us.

TAAV member Megan Moses was unable to speak to the Council, but attended the meeting. She wanted to share the following:

Last year I ventured on my first trip out of state and learned that there is more to life than your comfort zone. Sometimes you have to go out of your own circle and find out that there is more to life than your self and there are also more places to learn about and explore. I also learned that you have to work as a team in unison rather than doing your own thing.

After hearing TAAV’s testimony, the Council decided to discuss AM 14-23, TAAV’s request for a donation of twenty thousand Alaska Airlines miles for its upcoming Outward Bound trip to Maine in late May. The Council voted 6-1 to donate air miles to TAAV.

Double Your Dividend! Pick.Click.Give Sweepstakes

Support TWC!

Supporters have pledged $9,475.00 to TWC so far during this year’s Pick.Click.Give drive. Alaskans have until March 31 to file for their 2014 PFD.

For the first time ever, ten people who give a portion of their PFD to Pick.Click.Give recipient organizations will receive an additional check equal to the amount of the 2014 PFD! To see the full contest rules, click here or visit the Click.Pick.Give website


Looking for Nominations

TWC is looking for the names of elders in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta who have shared their wisdom and taught others in the community through their personal or professional lives.

The Yukegtaaq Committee will choose an individual or individuals who will be recognized at our celebration on April 12 in Bethel.

Nomination forms can be found at AC, Swanson’s, and the Cultural Center. Please submit completed forms to TWC by March 7.

Yukegtaaq Nomination Form