Native Connections helps Native American communities identify and address the behavioral health needs of Native youth with an emphasis on suicide prevention and AODA misuse reduction among youth 0-24 years of age and their families. The program mainly supports and collaborates with other programs to provide preventative activities and encourage collaboration between agencies.
The program supports:
- Reducing suicidal behavior and substance use among Native youth up to age 24
- Easing the impacts of substance use, mental illness, and trauma in tribal communities
- Supporting youth as they transition into adulthood
Resources for Adults and Youth
Helpful tips for parents and caregivers navigating this modern world of
social media and web-based interactions
- How can we protect our children from cyberbullying?
Children’s lives are infused with technology, but how can parents and teachers prevent and address the issues of cyberbullying and screen time? This “Take Note: School of the Future” video tackles those questions and offers advice to families on how to “unplug” their kids.
- Cyberbullying guide – Tips for Parents When Their Children Are Experiencing It
Resources for Parents
Social Media Safety for Children
- Reveals the empowering alternative to restricting or monitoring children’s use of social media technology.
- E-Safety: Social Media Guide for Parents (Tips on various platforms and
- Know Bullying Mobile App –parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their children or teens help build strong relationships, and prevent bullying. This free KnowBullying app will help you boost your children’s confidence, resilience, and build effective strategies for facing bullying.
De-stressing and Emotional Tips for Families
- Stress Hurts Your Family & Your Health: Use These Tips To Help Manage Family Stress and Fitness
- A to Z of coping strategies– Tips from every letter in the alphabet
- What causes anxiety and Depression – Inside Out- using the animated film Inside Out to demonstrate causes
Projects and Games
- 25 COOLEST Science Experiments You Can Do at Home for Kids
- Fun Family Workout At Home (Physical Education for everyone)
- 20 COOL Do-It-Yourself TOYS EVEN ADULTS WILL LOVE
Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain Mobile App
- AlcoholFX is divided into units that describe the six parts of the brain and how alcohol disrupts its function. Using the app:
Students can engage in research-based, interactive games that explore brain science while they practice responses to difficult social situations involving alcohol.
Educators can use science-based lessons plans, resources, and recorded scenarios to help students and parents learn about the dangers of alcohol to the developing brain.
Parents can learn how alcohol affects their child’s brain and can put their child’s education and health at risk.
Talk. They Hear You
With the “Talk. They hear You.” Mobile app, parents and caregivers can:
- Practice bringing up the topic of alcohol using avatars in an interactive simulation
- Learn the questions to ask
- Get ideas for keeping the conversation going
- Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, Digital Resource Guide:
Free and accessible resources including Children’s Books, Coloring Book, Activities, Language Resources and Recordings
- Our smallest warriors, our strongest medicine: Overcoming COVID-19 :
This children’s storybook is a re-telling of My Hero is You. The adapted story seeks to reach Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island and portray a sense of communal efficacy, strength and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to the Johns Hopkins University Alliance for a Healthier World, as well as the JHU Office of the President and Office of the Provost, for funding this project.
Contact us for more information:
715-779-3741 ext 2409
Youth Engagement Coordinator
715-779-3741 ext 2404
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (excluding Holidays)