Our project team has offered curriculum implementation training to other American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes, organizations and communities. To date we have trained a total of 350 attendees from 46 Tribes and 14 Tribal organizations (view full list of tribes and organizations trained) in how to adapt and implement the Culturally Grounded Life Skills for Youth Curriculum. We have mostly shifted from hosting our own trainings to providing training to communities and organizations when invited to do so. Please see below for training details.
WHY: The Healing of the Canoe’s Culturally Grounded Life Skills for Youth curriculum is an evidence-based, strengths-based life skills curriculum for youth that uses culture to prevent substance abuse, and connect youth to community and culture. (Visit our About page for more info). Learn to adapt and implement a tribally developed life skills curriculum for youth that builds on the strengths of your community to promote wellness and well-being.
WHAT: Our workshops train you to be able to:
- Assess needs and resources in your community
- Focus the curriculum on specific issues of concern, and address those using community-based and culturally grounded strengths and resources
- Adapt the curriculum to your specific cultural teachings, practices, values, and activities
- Engage community members to be active contributors in adapting and implementing the curriculum
- Implement your curriculum with youth in your community
- Evaluate the impact of your curriculum
Training workshops are 1.5 days in length. Trainers are primarily AIAN community and academic project team members who have been involved with the Healing of the Canoe project for a number of years. Training includes:
- Training manual & appendices
- Generic curriculum template
- Digital stories
- Didactic teachings
- Interactive small group discussions
- In vivo curriculum facilitation practice
- Ongoing consultation and technical assistance via conference calls and other support as needed
You will have an opportunity to provide feedback about the training to help us evaluate and improve the work we do.
WHO: We strongly suggest that each tribe have at least two representatives in attendance:
1. Someone (ideally a tribal member) who will facilitate the session and train other facilitators (cultural teacher/leader, teacher, canoe skipper, youth services worker, counselor, etc).
2. Someone who will be a strong political and/or administrative leader who can be an advocate for the program and navigate the local systems to get the program implemented (program director, school administrator, tribal council member, human services advocate, executive director).
This recommendation is based on over 8 years of experience in developing and implementing this curriculum; if you have any questions about who should attend please do not hesitate to contact us.
COST: Trainings hosted by the Healing of the Canoe team are free of charge. However attendees will be expected to cover all travel related costs (hotel, transportation, per diem, etc.). Trainings hosted by a specific tribal community will need to be financially supported by that community.
If you are interested in hosting a curriculum training in your community, please contact the Healing of the Canoe team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-543-8084 for more information.