Sources of Strength adventures in Alaska

We recently returned from a 2-week trip to Alaska, training in Fairbanks with Tanana Chiefs and traveling to Fort Yukon and Venetie to work with peer leader teams and adult advisors in those villages. We were fortunate enough to be able to travel between the villages by boat on the Yukon and Chandalar Rivers. It was an amazing opportunity to be on the river and experience the beauty of the landscape. 

 

Here are some photos from our journey:

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Flying into Fairbanks

 

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Lots of games and lots of laughs at our training in Fairbanks. Such an honor to work with this amazing group of people and hear their stories of the great work they are doing. 

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Marianne Young, Doreen David, Katrina Gibson and Rowena Sam shared the work their peer leader teams have been doing in the villages of Tetlin, Huslia, Minto and Northway. Sources of Strength peer leader teams have woven Sources of Strength messages into anti-bullying campaigns, peer leader led water safety classes for younger kids, doing generosity activities like baking for elders in the community, swim parties, picnics, sledding, teaching cultural skills like drying meat, snowshoeing, fire building, berry picking and fishing. These adult leaders have been working with youth and adults in their communities to build positive relationships between teens and trusted adults  and to reduce bullying and suicide rates. 

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We also had an opportunity to do a fun photo shoot in Fairbanks:

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Then we were off …

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Flying to Fort Yukon 

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Buddy our fearless boat driver and Constance our guide from Tanana Chiefs. 

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Where the Yukon (brown) and Chandalar (green) Rivers meet. 

 

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We brought our media team to capture the journey and create images with peer leaders in the villages. 

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Peer leaders in Venetie write and draw the strengths in their lives. 

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Meeting with elders and adult advisors in Venetie. Special thanks to Myra Thumma for organizing the adult meeting as well as the peer leaders, for cooking for everyone and for taking great care of us while we were in Venetie!

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