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Cultures Collide: Allying with Native Youth

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Casey Family Programs

1123 23rd Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

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This two part workshop series is an invitation and opportunity for Youth Workers to explore their own identities in the context of colonial oppression of the Native people of Turtle Island (today known as North America, encompassing Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico). Utilizing small and large group discussions, art activities, self-reflections, and scenario work, participants will explore the historical and present conditions of Native people in the United States, specifically Seattle, and imagine how Youth Service work can replicate or disrupt these conditions. By the end of this series, participants will be able to locate themselves on the Allyship continuum, engage with and respectfully affirm Native young people in our programs, draw on non-Western approaches, and provide culturally responsive referral resources to Native young people.

This series is developed and facilitated by Judith Johnston and Chelsea Hendrickson, Cowlitz Indian Tribe; Pathways to Healing Program.

More about Chelsea Hendrickson:

Chelsea Hendrickson is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and a shareholder of the Calista Corporation of the Cup’iq people from Mekoryuk, Alaska. She works fulltime as a Program Coordinator for the Pathways to Healing Program in Tukwila, WA. She also works part-time as a Youth Advocate at Labateyah Youth Home in Ballard, WA. She advocates for Native Youth and survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking.

More about Judy Johnston:

Judy is currently a CSEC/DV/SA/ Elder Abuse Advocate for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Pathways to Healing program in Tukwila WA. Her work is informed by her depth of cultural knowledge and decades of diversity education and equitable rights social activism in an effort to be an ally to society’s most preyed upon. She brings this to bear on all discussions around dismantling oppressive ideology and structures.

Judy has worked with a variety of client populations in Washington state of all age and gender identities for over 25 years in many settings -including Job Corps (a young adult residential job training program), Safe Passage (a substance abuse inpatient substance use disorder treatment facility for adolescent males) and providing violence prevention education to youth and young adults in the Franklin Pierce School District.. She obtained her Master of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences from the University of Washington-Tacoma, focusing on equity and diversity in higher education and social services, through the lens of Sacred Spaces.

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