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SAMHSA Youth Empowerment Webinars

The SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center will join the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and members of their Champions for Change class for a series of three webinars focusing on youth empowerment in Indian Country. Watch and Learn the following recorded webinars: Indigenous Food & Healing with Mariah Gladstone, Suicide Prevention & Social media with Faith Holyan, and CNAY Two Spirit Project with Olivia Cook.

  • Youth Empowerment Part 1: Indigenous Food and Healing (58 minutes)
    We talk with former UNITY Alumni & 25 Under 25 Awardee, Mariah Gladstone, a 23-year-old member of the Blackfeet Nation and founder of Indigikitchen, an online cooking show dedicated to the diets of indigenous communities. She will discuss her work and the growing understanding of food sovereignty and its connection to wellness in tribal communities.
  • Youth Empowerment Part 2: Suicide Prevention and Social Media (55 minutes)
    A conversation with Faith Holyan, a 16-year-old member of the Navajo Nation. After losing a close friend to suicide, Faith started #codepurple, a social media-based suicide prevention campaign, to connect peers going through difficult times with friends and loved ones. As a former World Champion in the Indian National Finals Rodeo circuit, Faith uses her title and recognition to advocate for youth suicide prevention and mental health awareness. She also hosts local community events for her peers that serve as safe spaces for discussing mental health related issues.
  • Youth Empowerment Webinar Part 3: CNAY Two-Spirit Project (59 minutes)
    The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) has engaged in a project designed to strengthen the understanding of Native Two-Spirit youth perspectives by surveying current engagement in tribal and urban communities. This includes understanding the current landscape, needs, resources, and available services with a goal of increasing Two-Spirit youth voices in Indian Country. CNAY Senior Project Manager Josie Raphaelito will join Olivia Cook with St. Regis Mohawk Health Services in discussing these issues and providing an update on the project. Ms. Cook will also provide an overview of the work being done in the Akwesasne community for Two-Spirit Youth and wellness.
  • Youth Empowerment Series Playlist