American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar Series

Join us for a special webinar hosted by the American Indian and Alaska Native NPA Caucus

Project Venture, an evidence-based intervention, combines traditional native wisdom with positive youth development, social emotional learning, outdoor adventure, and service learning to create a unique approach that has been successful for more than 25 years. Beginning with a camp in Oklahoma during 1982, Project Venture has evolved into a model program recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that has been implemented in 25 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and Hungary. The National Indian Youth Leadership Project founded Project Venture and provides training, coaching, mentoring, curriculum development, and grant-writing assistance to program participants. The webinar will highlight the project’s core elements and guiding principles of this unique, internationally recognized native youth program and assist participants with exploring their readiness to implement it.

TOPIC: Project Venture – Positive Youth Development for American Indian and             Alaska Native Youth

DATE: September 20, 2017

TIME: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time



Dr. Francine Gachupin, Member, American Indian and Alaska Native NPA Caucus


McClellan Hall, Founder and Executive Director of the National Indian Youth Leadership Project

Register Here*:

View the abstract and bio here:

The American Indian and Alaska Native National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) Caucus provides a forum for members to increase dialogue across the country and to coordinate and enhance tribal, state and local efforts to address health disparities and the social determinants of health for AI/ANs.

Visit the AI/AN NPA Caucus website for more information:

*If the registration link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your web browser. For webinar-specific questions, contact the moderator:

Back-to-School Webinars and “Office Hours”

*Info from School House Connection.

t’s “back to school” time, and we’re pleased to kick off the season with a new webinar series that features guest state and local practitioners, as well as SHC staff and national partner policy experts. We’re also offering informal, open Q&A time through our weekly “office hours.” Schedules for August and September are listed below. Don’t forget our archives for the webinars on early childhood and higher education that we offered over the summer. We also encourage readers to check out webinar offerings by our partner, the National Center for Homeless Education.
SHC Webinars: August and September


Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
McKinney-Vento and ESSA: Back-to-School Review
TO REGISTER:, August 31, 2017, 12:00-1:15pm Eastern
Getting to Graduation: Strategies to Award Partial Credits, Recover Credits, and Award High School Diplomas for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Title I and Homelessness: New Requirements and Best Practices for Funds and Data
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT

Identifying Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EDT

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness

To learn more about the topics and the presenters, and to register, see ourUpcoming Webinars page.

SHC “Office Hours:” Informal Q&A and Discussion
Our office hours are open forums for anyone to call in with questions about the law or implementation. SHC staff, along with guest state and school district practitioners, will host and facilitate these online sessions.

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: The McKinney-Vento Act and Every Student Succeeds Act amendments.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: The McKinney-Vento Act and Every Student Succeeds Act amendments.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: The McKinney-Vento Act and Every Student Succeeds Act amendments, with a special focus on increasing high school graduation.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: Title I and homelessness.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: Identifying Students Experiencing Homelessness.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT
This week’s topic: Early Childhood Education Services for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness, including child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and preschool.

Please see our Office Hours page for a full schedule of topics, hosts, and registration links.

Webinar: CNAY Two-Spirit Project

Youth Empowerment Part 3: CNAY Two-Spirit Project

September 6, 2017


11 a.m. Alaska
12 p.m. Pacific
12 p.m. Arizona
1 p.m. Mountain
2 p.m. Central
3 p.m. Eastern

About the Webinar

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is engaged in a project to strengthen the understanding of Native Two-Spirit youth perspectives by surveying current engagement in tribal and urban communities. This includes understanding the current Two-Spirit landscape, needs, and available resources and services. The goal is to increase Two-Spirit youth voices in Indian Country.

In this webinar, CNAY Senior Project Manager Josie Raphaelito will join Olivia Cook with Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services to discuss Two-Spirit issues, and provide an update on CNAY’s Two-Spirit project. Ms. Cook will also provide an overview of the work being done in the Akwesasne community for Two-Spirit youth and wellness.

This is Part 3 of a webinar series in which The SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center joins the CNAY and members of their 2017 Champions for Change class to focus on youth empowerment in Indian Country.


Register for the webinar. You will receive a confirmation email. On the day of the webinar, use the link provided in your registration confirmation email. Please join 15 minutes prior to the webinar.

Video of our WKKF Oral Health Eval Work with UCSF!

“There had to be a better way.” Native Americans suffer from the poorest oral health of any population in the United States, with staggering rates of untreated tooth decay among children. Valerie “Nurr’araaluk” Davidson, commissioner at the Alaska Health and Social Services, shares how dental therapists have helped a new generation receive better oral health care.

Watch video online here:

Free! AIGC Journey to College Turtle Map

The turtle is seen as strength and solidarity, is old, wise, well respected and teaches us patience and never to give up.

Order free maps online here:

School electronics recycling through E-cycle Wisconsin

Check out the E-Cycle Wisconsin program. It’s designed to help publicly funded schools recycle electronics.

The recent ban of electronics, like computers and printers, from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators has made it challenging for schools to safely discard their outdated products. The E-Cycle Wisconsin website provides helpful information such as links to publications on how to choose a responsible recycler and a list of registered recyclers and collectors. The website also provides class activities to educate kids about recycling electronics.

For more information on how you can take advantage of the services provided by the E-Cycle Wisconsin program, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at

If you have any specific questions, contact the E-Cycle Wisconsin program at (608) 266-2111 or

*Info from

Understanding American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood Needs

Understanding American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood Needs: The Potential of Existing Data

This report describes preliminary work in support of an early childhood needs assessment for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children prenatal to age five. The report uses existing data to describe the population of AI/AN children and families and their participation in early childhood services.

*Listen to and Download PDF of report here

Renewable Energy Education Workshop

Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom

Monday, August 14

Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Custer

This workshop will offer renewable energy hands-on activities and classroom-based applications to help teachers analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance their students’ understanding of renewable energy. Activities include building a solar race car, siting a solar system, and building a shoebox solar cooker. Workshop participants will receive the KEEP Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Supplement designed for teachers to use in their classrooms.


Registration Deadline: August 7

Facilitator: Sara Windjue

For more information, contact Jamie Mollica at


Register Today!


APPLY NOW: EvalYouth International Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging Evaluators

INTERNATIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM for Young and Emerging Evaluators
Or through the following link:


15 AUGUST 2017

·         Are you a young and/or emerging evaluator, seeking to establish and enhance you career in the field of evaluation?

·         Are you finding it difficult to advance your career due to limited professional development opportunities?

·         Are you looking for an experienced evaluation mentor(from your country/region or other countries/regions) to support, coach and guide you in your evaluation career enhancement effort?

·         Are your financial means limited and impeding you from realizing your professional development objectives to enroll in available professional development opportunities?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then

EvalYouth Mentoring Program is just for you!

As young professionals, our career needs are sometimes demanding and it may be challenging to find the right guidance to create a successful career. Although there are many excellent evaluation mentors around the world, getting matched to one of these career builders may be challenging. Location, language, financial resources, etc. can be common barriers for young and emerging evaluators (YEEs).

A recent survey EvalYouth conducted, showed that 90% of responding YEEs believe that a global evaluation mentoring program is highly relevant and greatly needed. EvalYouth, through its mentoring program, supported by EvalPartners, fills this gap and provides opportunities for highly motivated YEEs to connect with more experienced evaluation professionals for a 6 to 12 month mentoring program.

EvalYouth mentoring program targets YEEs across all countries and regions around the world. We are looking for YEEs who demonstrate commitment to the evaluation profession, and are looking to commit their time and effort to the advancement of their career.

Important information about the Program:

·         Mentoring is for 6 to 12 months;

·         Mentee should be maximum 35 years old

·         Mentee should have no more than 5 years of experience in the evaluation profession

·         Mentee should have working knowledge of English

To get in touch:

·         For more information, visit our website:

·         For further questions or clarifications, send us an

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Suicide Prevention Training in Wausau

Prevent Suicide Conference to take place at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau, Wisconsin September 21-24, 2017.