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Children and Youth Tribal Technical Assistance

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American Indian and Alaskan Native children suffer exposure to violence at higher rates than any other racial group in the United States (U.S Department of Justice). They also experience post-traumatic stress disorder 3 times the rate of the general population, the same as soldiers coming back from Afghanistan (U.S. Department of Justice). It is critical that there are programs set in place that are knowledgable in working with children and youth who are exposed to violence.
In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.
Iroquois Maxim
TTA for OVW Tribal Governments Grantees

Red Wind provides technical assistance and training to assist grantees in working with Children and Youth.
  • Providing a framework for providing advocacy responses to children and youth exposed to violence and youth victims,
  • Conducting education and outreach,
  • Build meaningful responses that build on protective factors and systems engagement.
  • Developing and enhancing their responses to teens and tweens, and
  • Responding in ways to protect the bond between the non-offending parent and strengthening a child’s resiliency.

Activities include one-to-one consultation through phone and email, webinars, on-site training/work sessions, and Bi-annual National Conference.
More information . . .
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You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It’s the pursuit of the dream that heals you.
Billy Mills
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Children make up 31% of the American Indian/Alaskan Native population (www.nicwa.org). AI/AN children can face many adversities in their lifetime. It is important that our communities promote resiliency amongst children. Because children and youth are exposed to violence and suffer from trauma at extremely high rates effecting the health and wellbeing of the child, it is important to have supportive nurturing adults involved in their life. Edleson and Nissley explain that: “Protective adults, including the child’s mother, relatives, neighbors and teachers, older siblings, and friends may all play protective roles in a child’s life.” (2015). They also explain that as a child’s resources grow, the problems they may face can decrease and counteract the effects of exposure to domestic violence (Edlseon & Nissley, 2015).

Resiliency relies on nurturing adults in a child’s life, so it is important to support and maintain a child’s relationship with the non-offending parent. It can be harmful to remove the child from their non-offending parent. Children need to be incorporated in safety planning as well as considered in the family’s needs: childcare, food, clothing and shelter for both women and children.

Connecting to healthy adults, positive peer relationships and participating in the community can create a sense of belonging and connectedness, which is crucial for becoming resilient. Being able to explore individual talents and interests encourages children to feel capable. Being involved in extra-curricular activities such as sports and the arts can provide an environment where there is a sense of solidarity and stability. It also provides an outlet to escape self-blame. It is very important to tell children and youth that the violence they were exposed to is not their fault.

It is important to note that victims with children may face challenges with many other systems such as Child Protection Services and Law Enforcement. As advocates, knowing how to work within these systems will be beneficial for women and their children to help support resiliency in children.
This project is supported by Grant No. 2014-TA-AX-K047 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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Our Training and Technical Assistance is partnered with the Office on Violence against Women through cooperative agreement.

Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
Phone: (833) 719-9463
Email: info@red-wind.net

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