Upcoming Training Opporutunity!

Rural Interpreter Training Coming Soon!

The Alaska Immigration Justice Project Language Interpreter Center in partnership with the Association of Village Council Presidents, Tundra Women’s Coalition, University of Alaska Fairbanks-Kuskokwim Campus, and Alaska Court System is providing an interpreter training on the roles and skills of interpreting including working with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking victims.

The training will be held in Bethel, Alaska on September 23-25th at the Kuskokwim Campus.

There are limited scholarship funds available for travel from the villages. If you are interested in attending the conference, please call TWC with questions at 543-3444. This training was supported by Grant No. 2011-WR-AX-0041 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

Special Thanks to Our Partners: the Association of Village Council Presidents, Tundra Women’s Coalition, the University of Alaska Fairbanks-Kuskokwim Campus, and the Alaska Court System.

Outward Bound 2012

Teens Acting Against Violence (TAAV) has returned from yet another very successful Outward Bound trip this year! Outward Bound is an outdoor education program where professional staff guide wilderness expeditions designed at fostering personal growth, leadership, and teamwork.

This year’s Outward Bound trip consisted of white-water rafting on the San Juan River in Utah.  Six TAAV youth along with two chaperones embarked on a 5 day trip along the river.  The teens learned different paddle strokes and how to coordinate and maneuver their raft, how to handle serious rapids, along with basic camping and survival skills.

After Outward Bound the group spent two days in Denver which consisted of going out to eat, visiting a water park, seeing movies, and of course plenty of shopping!  Over all the trip was a huge success and could not have been possible without the help and generosity of all those who made donations and gifted us miles.  Quyana!

Teens Lead Ahead Camp, 2012

Teens Lead Ahead, 2012 TWC and TAAV hosted its second annual Teens Lead Ahead camp this summer from June 7th-10th.  Nearly 50 teens gathered from Bethel and the returning villages of Kwethluk, Kipnuk, and Napaskiak along with teens from Kotlik for 4 days and 3 nights of leadership and prevention activities.  The theme of this year’s camp was focused around respect- “Respect for ourselves, others, elder’s, and the environment.” The teens spent one night at the Catholic Church, one night at the ONC fish camp, and one night at TWC.  Highlights of the camp included presentations and stories by storyteller Gene Tagaban, an elder discussion, subsistence activities at fish camp, a scavenger hunt, and several performances from the Yup’ik musical group Pamyua!  On the last night Vicky Nechodomu of LKSD guided the youth in creating their own digital stories based on their own experience of the camp (check out their final products!).  Teens Lead Ahead was a tremendous success this year and couldn’t have been possible without the help and generosity of our partners- ONC, AVCP, YKHC, ANDVSA, LKSD, the Catholic Church, Public Health Nursing and of course all of the chaperones, volunteers, and TWC staff who donated their time and energy into making Teens Lead Ahead such a success!

Youth Services in a Classroom Near You!

Eileen teaches a Kindergarten class about safe touches.

As the school year approaches, the Tundra Women’s Coalition (TWC) is again offering its services to schools throughout the delta.  These include Talking About Touching, a personal safety/child sexual abuse prevention curriculum for younger children, Steps to Respect, an anti-bullying program for upper elementary and middle-school children, and presentations on non-violence and healthy relationships for high school students.             
The overall goal of Talking About Touching is to help young people recognize and identify the differences between safe and unsafe touch and to teach them the basic safety rules about touching.  It encourages open communication with one’s family and emphasizes family safety rules.   Children are taught many different kinds of safety rules to protect themselves.  Personal body safety is just one more lesson to teach along with fire safety, snow machine safety, and bike safety.  While our village presentations are condensed due to time constraints, this is still quite an effective curriculum and it will help children learn to protect themselves and prevent sexual abuse.


The Steps to Respect Program is designed by the same company as Talking About Touching, and focuses on bullying prevention through education and assertiveness.  This program allows children to recognize and address the phenomenon of bullying that occurs in schools and affects many children.  Children will learn to work with each other and with school officials to take steps needed to prevent bullying and use good conflict resolution skills when bullying does occur.

 Additionally, the Youth Services Program can provide a healthy relationship presentation for junior high and high school students. The goal of the healthy relationship presentation is to provide information on preventing interpersonal violence  and sexual assault between intimate teen couples as well as among peers. The presentation will be facilitated by TWC’s teen advocate and at least one peer leader from the Teens Acting Against Violence (T.A.A.V).  youth program. 

 If you have any questions about these or other services that TWC offers to delta schools, or wish to schedule a time for TWC to visit and work with your schools and communities, please contact me at 543-3444 or Eileen_Arnold@twcpeace.org.  In the 2011-2012 school year TWC visited eight schools in the Yukon-Kuskokwim area including Napaskiak, Atmauthluak, Kaskigluk, Mountain Village, Chevak, Nightmute, Alakanuk, and Kotlik. 

Eileen Arnold

Youth Service Coordinator

Tundra Women’s Coalition



Bethel & Kipnuk Community March for Choose Respect

On March 29, 2012, Bethel community members participated in the statewide Choose Respect event. The diverse crowd gathered at noon in front of the TWC building to begin the march to the Kuskokwim Campus, where participants enjoyed a delicious potluck afterwards. Special guests included Commissioner William Streur of the Department of Health and Social Services, Michael Hoffman, AVCP Vice President, Raymond Watson, AVCP Board Chairman and ONC Chairman, Mary Pete, KuC Director, and Elder Esther Green of Bethel.

The photos below also include the Kipnuk community march for Choose Respect.

The Choose Respect event challenges Alaskans to step up and take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault in the state. Bethel’s Choose Respect event is sponsored by TWC, KuC, AVCP, and ONC.