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.
On Tuesday, February 11th TWC staff joined TAAV members and Bethel community members in wearing orange to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence.
TAAV will also host a dance on Friday, February 14th at the Teen Center as a fundraiser for TAAV activities and to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence. The Dance will be from 8p.m. to midnight and costs $4 per person or $7 per couple!
In July seven TAAV members and the two TAAV coordinators traveled to central Oregon to participate in an Outward Bound five day white water rafting course. The group travelled down the Deschutes River learning rafting techniques, leave no trace camping skills, and valuable instruction in leadership, communication, and teamwork. TAAV members further challenged themselves by swimming through rapids and jumping off some 10 foot rocks. All the teens finished the course with a renewed sense of empowerment and commitment to their work in Bethel and TAAV. After Outward Bound the group also spent 3 days in Portland going swimming, shopping, and going to the movies! Outward Bound is one of the highlights of the TAAV program- for many it was their first time traveling down states and it was truly rewarding for all. Though TAAV members fundraise all year to fund Outward Bound, all of the flights were generously donated by community members! Thanks to all who support Teens Acting Against Violence!
This June, Teens Acting Against Violence hosted its third annual Teens Lead Ahead Camp. Twenty eight youth from Kotlik, Napaskiak, Kipnuk, and Kwethluk along with twenty TAAV members gathered in Bethel for this 3 day event. A highlight of the camp was the day spent at fish camp during which youth were able to participate in fishing, cutting fish, plucking birds, gathering wood, and making story knives. Rob Kinean, an Anchorage based chef who specializes in traditional foods spent time with the group, cooking a smelt salsa and a duck soup. Campers were also lead through a community planning activity by one of the Green Dot violence prevention facilitators. Keggulluk gave several presentations along with the Promoting Health Among Teens peer education group. Other highlights of the camp included a town wide scavenger hunt and a dance held at the teen center. Overall, the third year of the camp was a continued success and involved more youth leadership, including several TLA alumni serving as chaperones. Once again, this year’s TLA would not have been possible without the generous support from our partners- YKHC, AVCP, ONC, and LKSD, ANDVSA, TWC staff, and all of our community volunteers!