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Responding to Cultural Needs of Indigenous Youth

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  • Live Online Training
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is ridiculously affordable. Join now or learn more.

Your Training Description

Historical trauma, such as loss of land, forced relocation, limited resources, disregard for Native culture, and ongoing systemic oppression continues to cause harm to Indigenous people. From 1860 until 1978, countless Indigenous youths were removed from their families and forced into boarding schools to be assimilated into white culture by eradicating their Indigenous culture. The effects of historical trauma persist from generation to generation. As a result, young Indigenous people are at greater risk for exploitation, trafficking, suicidality, substance use, and mental health issues.

Understanding and responding to the cultural needs of Indigenous youth is an important skill set for every youth worker. There are ways you can weave cultural practices into your programs, foster healing, and reduce risk factors for Indigenous youth. And your connection can strengthen their resilience.

Join us to take a look into the roots of historical trauma for Indigenous people. Learn how that trauma continues to impact Indigenous youth. With understanding, you will be better prepared to provide the needed cultural connection and support that builds their resilience and reduces harm.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Identify commonalities and differences among Indigenous people in the United States
  • Gain an understanding of the impact of boarding schools and other sources of historical trauma on Indigenous people in the United States
  • Recognize how access to culture can amplify resilience and decrease risk for various concerns in the lives of Indigenous young people
  • Learn ways to incorporate access to Indigenous culture for Indigenous youth in your programs

Your Trainer

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Anne LaFrinier-Ritchie works as a Safe Harbor Regional Navigator for Someplace Safe in West Central Minnesota. She is a 2020 graduate of National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center's (NHTTAC) Human Trafficking Leadership Academy Class 5, which developed recommendations on how culture can be used as a protective factor against human trafficking among Indigenous youth. Anne has been working in the anti-trafficking field in direct services, training and technical assistance since 2016. Anne consults with NHTTAC on several projects, including creating an Indigenous trafficking curriculum. Anne is an active member of the YWCA Cass Clay Racial Justice Committee and is a board member for the Indigenous Association of Fargo-Moorhead and Mending the Sacred Hoop. Anne also provides training and technical assistance on the state and federal levels on providing culturally responsive services to Indigenous youth and families.

Your Competency Focus Area

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Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

You'll raise your awareness to appreciate diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

Your Training Details

  • Live Online Training
  • Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $30 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual membership is ridiculously affordable. Join now or learn more.
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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.