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    Education Project Grant- Alaska Native Birthworkers Community Full Spectrum Indigenous Doula Training

Education Project Grant- Alaska Native Birthworkers Community Full Spectrum Indigenous Doula Training

Alaska Native Birthworkers Community Full Spectrum Indigenous Doula Training Grantee: Alaska Native Birthworkers Community, Story by Helena Jacobs, Project Coordinator The Alaska Native Birthworkers Community (ANBC) contracted with Melissa Brown (Anishinaabe-Dine midwife) and Candace Neumann (Indigenous doula) of Zaagi’idiwin to offer a virtual Full Spectrum Indigenous doula training for current and aspiring Alaska Native/Indigenous birthworkers. The training occurred May 24-27, 2021, from 9am – 4pm each day. The four-day course touched on seven parts including but not limited to: History of Birth for Indigenous Women, Reproductive Justice, Grief & Loss, Pregnancy, Traditional Teaching Tools, Labor & Birth, Postpartum and Caring for the Caregiver.Melissa, Candace and a number of other Indigenous birthworkers offered online instruction from Winnipeg, Manitoba and other provinces throughout Canada, while 27 participants joined online from other parts of Alaska or in person at the Athabascan Ceremonial House on the Alaska Native Heritage Center campus in Anchorage. We also had sharing about local plants and storytelling from a Nome area Elder and Traditional Healer.The ANBC has provided volunteer community doula services to members of our Native community for the last three years, and our goal in hosting this training was to grow the number and capacity of Indigenous doulas to serve Native Birthing families statewide. ANBC offered this training free of personal financial cost to participants due to the generous contributions of organizations such as The CIRI Foundation who funded the training. Registered participants agreed to “pay it forward” by volunteering to serve at least one Alaska Native / Indigenous birthing family in their community within a year of completing the training.To learn more about the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community, please visit www.nativebirthworkers.org or email nativebirthworker@gmail.com.Enaa baasee’ to TCF for supporting these educational and healing opportunities for Native peoples!
By |September 16th, 2021|Education, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on Education Project Grant- Alaska Native Birthworkers Community Full Spectrum Indigenous Doula Training

Education Project Grant- Color of Justice During a Pandemic

Color of Justice During a Pandemic Grantee: Alaska Native Justice Center, Story by Sara Martinchick, ANJC Office Manager The Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) hosted a two day Color of Justice program with support from The CIRI Foundation and in partnership with the Alaska Court System. Due to the pandemic in 2020, we adjusted the Color of Justice program to a hybrid model. The hybrid model of delivery enabled the program to be virtual and safe for all presenters and participants. All of the presentations were done virtual and majority of the students attended virtually, with four youth participating in-person while following all mandates and safety measures.Although the pandemic created several barriers for the program, ANJC and the Alaska Court System were innovative with adjusting the programing to virtual using the Zoom platform. The Color of Justice Program consisted of several presentations and interactive activates such as Ice Breakers, Mentor Jet: A Speed Mentoring Experience, You be the Judge!, and Constitutional Cranium. Judge Pamela Washington, a local judge with the Alaska Court System, was vital in creating the curriculum for the program and brought several years of experience in hosting the Color of Justice.Welcoming remarks were made by the Honorable Susan Carney, Judge Pamela Washington and ANJC Senior Director of Operations Tammy Ashley (TCF recipient). ANJC staff were vital to the success of the program. Office Manager Sara Martinchick coordinated all aspects of the programming in conjunction with Judge Washington and Youth Program Youth Advocate Michael Farahjood hosted the Ice breaker each day. During the Mentor Jet several Judges, Attorneys, and Professors met with the students sharing their own personal experiences, why they started working in the justice field, also answering several questions asked by the students.A total of 17 youth participated; 2 were CIRI descendants and 1 was from the Bering Straits Native Corporation and 14 did not disclose. Working with the Southcentral Foundation Pathway Home Program, several of their students were able to attend virtually. One student said “The Color of Justice Program has shown me about the several careers that I could possibly have in the justice field and has sparked my interest in perusing one.”Working together with the Alaska Court System, we were able to host the first virtual Color of Justice program in Alaska. ANJC was the “pilot project” for the Virtual Color of Justice to see if this was a feasible new way of hosting this opportunity. With the assistance of our partners, ANJC was able to successfully pave the way for hosting the virtual model of delivery for the Color of Justice. Since the event, word of the success of our program has been shared, and ANJC has been contacted by out-of-state Youth Court programs for guidance on their program.Moving forward, ANJC looks forward to this new model of delivery, and hopes to engage more youth in additional rural areas to attend in future Color of Justice events.
By |December 14th, 2020|Education, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on Education Project Grant- Color of Justice During a Pandemic

Heritage Project Grant- Live Radio Amid the Pandemic

Live Radio Amid the Pandemic Grantee: Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, Story by Antonia Gonzales, Host & Produce National Native News I’ve been traveling to Alaska for more than a decade to help produce and host radio programs during KNBA’s annual gavel-to-gavel broadcast of the Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention. This year’s broadcast was one of a kind. We have all adjusted to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, and our 2020 broadcast was also an adjustment. I’m proud to have been part of making it happen.Our 2020 coverage consisted of a live broadcast from KNBA with a skeleton crew. I hosted the daily gavel-to-gavel coverage and the noon show. The convention broadcast is usually bustling with producers, hosts and guest on site of the AFN gathering.This year, we delivered a play-by-play of the AFN virtual convention in real time on the radio. Our noon hour show “Alaska’s Native Voice,” which is normally live, was prerecorded due to COVID-19 and played twice a day this year. Our broadcast days were also scaled back to two.I’m very proud of the work we were able to do this year-both live and prerecorded. We were still able to engage listeners on the radio tuned-in in communities across Alaska about the happenings of the AFN. We had dialog on our noon hour program with guests talking directly about Alaska Native issues. We were also able to bring in guests by telephone to be interviewed live on air. I think our creativity was shown in the work and we were able to adjust to a new way of hosting and producing the annual broadcast amid the pandemic.
By |December 1st, 2020|Education, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on Heritage Project Grant- Live Radio Amid the Pandemic
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    Education Project Grant- Early Language & Literacy for Alaska Native Children

Education Project Grant- Early Language & Literacy for Alaska Native Children

Early Language & Literacy for Alaska Native ChildrenGrantee: Best Beginnings, Story by Amie Collins Kindergarten readiness starts with reading. Research shows that children who have access to book and are read to from birth will have greater academic success. Best Beginnings is partnering with numerous organizations to improve the likelihood of success in kindergarten for Alaska Native children living in Anchorage.With funding support from The CIRI Foundation, Best Beginnings was able to work with Alaska Native Medical Center, the Nutaqsiivik Nurse-Family Partnership, Cook Inlet Native Head Start and Clare Swan Early Head Start to enroll children in the Anchorage Imagination Library. The Anchorage Imagination Library is a program of Best Beginnings that delivers high quality, age-appropriate books to a child in their home each month from birth to age 5.In addition to providing books in the home to over 1,000 Alaska Native children, Imagination Library families are invited together for enrichment activities that bring the books to life with fun, educational play and social emotional learning. In February we explored literacy and science with the title Shh! Bear’s Sleeping in partnership with the Campbell Creek Science Center. Families learned about hibernation, Alaska animals they might find in the wild of southcentral, and got to pick up even more books at our book swap. Children put their gross and fine motor skills to use doing arts, crafts, and activities.During our group storytimes, you can see the joy on each child’s face as they watch our storyteller read their favorite book wide-eyed with awe. And parents always take a minute to express their gratitude for the extra take-home activities and opportunity to gather. One family told us, “These events are our favorite ones in town. I wish they happened weekly!”When COVID-19 put a pause to our in-person programming we were challenged to take these experiences online in a way that families could easily do them at home. Our first virtual camp for families, Little Learners, was so popular that we hosted two more, serving over 75 families in a short period of time. Alumni ・ Recipient ・ Participant Do you have a story to share? We love hearing from you!Sharing stories is an important part of Alaska Native culture and we are excited to hear about your experiences. Click here to share your story!
By |November 9th, 2020|Education, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on Education Project Grant- Early Language & Literacy for Alaska Native Children

Education Project Grant- Color of Justice 2019

Project: Color of Justice 2019 Grantee: Alaska Native Justice Center Story by: Sara Martinchick, CIRI Descendant The Color of Justice program was a great opportunity to learn about the justice field. I got the opportunity to learn about laws and statutes in the state of […]
By |December 16th, 2019|Education, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on Education Project Grant- Color of Justice 2019
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    Education Project Grant- Early Language & Literacy for Alaska Native Children in Anchorage

Education Project Grant- Early Language & Literacy for Alaska Native Children in Anchorage

Project: Early Language & Literacy for Alaska Native Children in Anchorage Grantee: Best Beginnings Story by: Amie Collins Kindergarten readiness starts with reading. Research shows that children who have access to book and are read to from birth will have greater academic success. Best Beginnings […]
By |July 30th, 2018|Education, Featured Posts|Comments Off on Education Project Grant- Early Language & Literacy for Alaska Native Children in Anchorage

Education Project Grant – “Latseen” – Strength

Project: “Latseen” – Strength Grantee: Cook Inlet Native Head Start Story by: Ember Thomas The CIRI Foundation generously funded a project for Cook Inlet Native Head Start parents with the goal of better preparing our children for academic success through resiliency. Research has indicated that children who […]
By |April 27th, 2018|Education, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on Education Project Grant – “Latseen” – Strength
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    Education Project Grant – Alaska Afterschool Conference 2017

Education Project Grant – Alaska Afterschool Conference 2017

Project: Alaska Afterschool Conference 2017 Grantee: Alaska Children’s Trust Photos by: Alaska Afterschool Conference The Alaska Afterschool Conference is the largest gathering of out-of-school time professionals and volunteers in the state. This year’s conference engaged 195 individuals, including […]
By |March 12th, 2018|Education, Featured Posts, Project Grant|Comments Off on Education Project Grant – Alaska Afterschool Conference 2017