UNITY Partners with Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
UNITY and ITCA to help Native American teens increase self–esteem through culturally appropriate health education
United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. (UNITY) has partnered with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Inc. (ITCA) to implement the Native STAND curriculum centered on health and personal identity. The curriculum was developed by a multi-disciplinary workgroup consisting of Native youth, Native elders, public health and youth development experts, and health curriculum developers. It is designed to meet the needs of today’s Native youth. It honors tradition and culture at the same time that it meets today’s Native youth where they are: walking between two different—but interconnected—worlds. While Native STAND acknowledges that Native youth face many of the same challenges as mainstream youth, it embraces the power of traditional teachings and cultural strengths that Native youth have within them and their communities.
Native STAND is adapted from STAND—Students Together Against Negative Decisions—a peer educator curriculum developed for youth in rural Georgia. It is theoretically based, using both the Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change) and the Diffusion of Innovations Model (identifying and relying on popular opinion leaders to promote change). Its approach is comprehensive and skills-based, and includes STD, HIV, and teen pregnancy prevention, as well as drug and alcohol issues and dating violence. Sessions focus on positive personal development, including team building, diversity, self-esteem, goals and values, decision making, negotiation and refusal skills, peer educator skills, and effective communications. Participating students are identified by their peers; the process ensures that nominees come from many social groups and represent diverse cliques.
For more information on Native STAND, visit www.nativestand.com.
About Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA)
The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona was established in 1952 to provide a united voice for tribal governments located in the State of Arizona to address common issues of concerns. On July 9, 1975, the council established a private, non-profit corporation, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA), under the laws of the State of Arizona to promote Indian self-reliance through public policy development. ITCA provides an independent capacity to obtain, analyze and disseminate information vital to Indian community self-development.