Teens Acting Against Violence (TAAV) is a violence prevention and youth empowerment program at the Tundra Women’s Coalition for teenagers living in Bethel. Participation is voluntary and open for any interested teens age 12-18.
Focused on peer education and outreach, TAAV members speak out to engage peers about issues such as domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault, types of abuse, suicide, substance abuse, etc. through discussions, activities and the experiences and wisdom of other members. An important part of TAAV is sharing knowledge with peers and communities throughout the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. TAAV members travel to village classrooms, perform skits at conferences and events, record public service announcements on the radio, sponsor healthy activities for local youth, and conduct various community awareness campaigns. TAAV provides valuable healthy alternatives to violence and substance abuse for youth in Bethel. Furthermore, it provides inspirational violence prevention education to the whole YK Delta through peer education and community-awareness building. Many participants of TAAV feel that the program helps them make sense of their experiences and provides support for living a sober, nonviolent life.