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Many of our children have been raised in unhealthy forests. They have role models who addicted to alcohol or drugs, who are depressed, fearful, unemployed, and disconnected from their cultural strengths. For these youth, there is no childhood. They need to learn that what they have experienced is not their fault.
The Cycle of Life is broken between Youth and Adult. In our traditional cultures, Elders taught the Youth how to transition into adulthood during coming-of-age ceremonies. Many of our young people no longer have access to the traditional teachings.
There are healthy and unhealthy characteristics of the 8 feelings and thought patterns. The thought patterns and feelings must be developed in order: trust must come before autonomy and before intimacy. Stages cannot be skipped.
If these feelings and thoughts are not developed, the individual will find significant challenges in developing the tasks associated with later stages of development.
Alcohol and substance abuse, acting out and depression are common results for boys and girls who did not develop the feelings and thoughts. To lead healthy and productive lives, all people need to answer three questions:
The Wellbriety for Youth training programs help youth discover the answers to these questions for themselves.
Develops the capacity in our Youth to build healthy communities by helping them heal from unresolved grief created by Historical and Intergenerational Trauma – direct effects of the Boarding School Era.
Provides a character-building framework that will enable youth (ages 13-17) to create healthy identities for themselves as young Native men. Designed to coincide with the school year and other weekly programs, plus it can extend over the summer months.
Provides a prevention education program that will enable youth (ages 8-17) to create healthy identities for themselves as young Native women. Designed to coincide with the school year and other weekly programs, plus it can extend over the summer months.
Trains caring adults to assist our youth and help them develop their cultural consciousness, a sense of direction, create and implement healthy lifestyle and choices, and to help them recognize their purpose that can create meaning and identify for their lives.
Provides a culturally appropriate 12 Step program for Native American adolescent boys (ages 13 to 21 years). Based upon Teachings of the Medicine Wheel, the Cycle of Life, and the Four Laws of Change.
Provides a culturally appropriate 12 Step program for Native American adolescent girls (ages 13 to 21 years). Based upon Teachings of the Medicine Wheel, the Cycle of Life, and the Four Laws of Change.