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"We do not want riches. We want peace and love" - Red Cloud

Youth Prevention & Promotion Program

Despite many Native American people suffering from elevated rates of health disparities, we believe prevention programing works. Strength, resilience, hope and kindness are essential cultural characteristics that continue to be present in Native American communities. Respecting tribal sovereignty and embodying a strength-based approach to health is a critical starting point to any prevention program in Indian Country. At Two Feathers, we believe incorporating community defined, culturally based programming for youth and their families gives us the chance to be most impactful in our communities.

Current Youth Prevention & Promotion Based Programs

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Youth Employment: Youth Ambassador Program

Two Feathers employs Native American youth 14 to 21 years old to develop leadership and advocacy skills while also expanding their connection to others, the community, and culture. While working in work pods, the group may experience some of the following.

    • Peer advising
    • Employment readiness and preparation
    • Certifications (First Aid, Food Safety, Swift Water Safety, etc.)
    • Develop conflict resolution skills
    • Learn landscaping and gardening skills
    • Participation in event coordination
    • Engage with youth during special events
    • Learn and share cultural knowledge
    • Team building
    • Public speaking
    • Problem solving

Special Events and Activities

Two Feathers frequently hosts special events throughout the year. These events are intended to bring people together where they have fun, make memories, and connect. These events include: community dinners, holiday events, trash clean ups, back to school events, sports tournaments, and so much more!

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A.C.O.R.N. Youth Wellness Program

Two Feathers' A.C.O.R.N. Youth Wellness Program started as a multi-year California Department of Public Health, Reducing Disparities Project. It has since grown and has become a signature program for Two Feathers. Through this program, Native American youth 9 to 18 years old learn about cultural values and how they apply physically, mentally, spiritually, and culturally throughout our every day lives.  Youth also participate in cultural activities throughout the year.

A.C.O.R.N. Values

A. Acknowledging our Whole Selves

C. Connecting Language and Culture

O. Opportunity and Access

R. Relationships with Others

N. Nurturing Nature and Spirit

 

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