DIFRC’s community programs have been designed to strengthen American Indian and Alaska Native children, parents/caregivers, families by increasing resiliency, sharing knowledge about parenting and child development, offering opportunities to create social connections, providing resources for times of need, and increasing children’s social and emotional skills.
Nurturing Parenting Program
Culturally-adapted parenting classes have been offered in 12-week cycles for families with children 0 to 18 years old. Parents/caregivers, children, and teens attended groups designed to promote healthy physical and emotional development, appropriate roles, and developmental expectations. Families enjoyed a warm meal and nurturing time together. Our Nurturing Parenting Program was designed to strengthen families through a focus in five areas:
- Building self-worth and appropriate expectations through an increased understanding of child development,
- Developing increased empathy and a sense of caring in parents and children,
- Utilizing positive, non-violent discipline practices and techniques,
- Exploring family roles and increasing self-awareness, and
- Developing personal power in both adults and children.
Future cycles TBD.
Social Connections Support Group
A twice-monthly safe and open gathering for parents and caregivers to provide support and sharing of parental roles, problem solving, and idea sharing. The Social Connections Support Group included mutual self-help, shared leadership, and family support while strengthening protective factors and social networks. Future programs TBD.
Cooking Matters for Adults
Nutrition classes designed for adults offered hands-on cooking using healthy recipes and affordable ingredients. Participants received take-home groceries after each class and graduation cooking tools, including a cookbook, knife, and cutting board. Future programs TBD.
Check out this video created by DIFRC’s Community Program Coordinator for more information on Cooking Matters!
At each Culture Night a traditional art/craft project is showcased; previous culture nights have featured holiday ornaments, dreamcatcher making, and shawl making. Materials and light snacks are provided to support continued cultural knowledge and traditions. Children ages 6 and up can participate in craft making. 2017 Culture Night activities included leather pouches, beaded earrings, shawl fringing, Storytelling, and more. Follow our Facebook page to hear when future topics are announced!
Native Youth Empowerment Program
The Native Youth Empowerment Program was a program open to youth ages 13-17 and was designed to build skills for success in the areas of identity and self-esteem, communication, problem-solving, and responsibility while walking in two worlds. Traditional cultural and physical activities were included to support physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness. Future programs TBD.