During June 2011 teens involved with TAAV and the Teens Lead Ahead youth camp had an opportunity to create 3 commercials, with funding and support through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The commercials are based on a poem called “When I’m an Elder” created and written by TAAV youth around 2002. This poem has evolved into a performance piece. Youth throughout the years have added and changed lines, slowly making “When I’m an Elder” an evolving TAAV creation. This poem has been read by TAAV members at events around the Yukon-Kuskokwim region and Bethel, as well as throughout the state. Though its origins are with the TAAV program, the teens having willingly shared it with ANDVSA, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and other groups to promote sharing their vision of their world with others in our state, as well as to allow others to contribute to the life and evolution of this powerful vision.
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!
Join us for the 10th Annual Yukegtaaraat Celebration dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Cultural Center on Saturday, April 30. Check back for more information in the coming weeks.
Tundra Women’s Coalition is Looking for Someone Special for our 10th Annual Yukegtaaq—Person of the Year. Nominations Are Open: Help us Find Our Next Yukegtaaq! Click the title above and then click on this link to download a nomination form. The deadline to accept nominations is 5 p.m. March 11, 2011. This award will be presented at the 10th Annual Yukegtaaraat Celebration in Bethel. This dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony will be held at the Cultural Center on Saturday, April 30 at 6 pm. More information about Yukegtaaraat will be available in the upcoming weeks.
Thank you to Andrew and Susie Makaily of Pilot Station and their sons, who went moose hunting this fall and donated an entire moose to TWC! The shelter residents have been enjoying this wonderful gift. Quyana Cakneq!