September 24, 2014
Terri Yellowhammer,JD, Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs, Jennifer Rose
Valerie Larsen, Oitancan Man Zephier
Traditional cultural mentoring will be presented as a strength-based approach to working with Native children and youth. In a 2013 study on mentoring with higher risk youth, it was found that mentoring in itself benefited higher risk youth in the area of decreasing symptoms of depression. Other studies were cited that showed mentoring improved academics and relationships and reduced substance abuse (Herrera, Dubois & Grossman, 2013). Culturally and historically, in Indigenous populations, older relatives served as mentors for children and youth to ensure healthy development and to promote the full potential of youth. Two Native community advocates will discuss their experiences with traditional cultural mentoring with Native youth and families. The webinar will last 90 minutes.