Gáagaagyaa Náay – Young men’s community in a safe, non-judgmental space for teens 12-17 and men 18-24.
As a growing man, it can be difficult to ask for help. COVID-19 has drastically shifted the school situation and social distancing, redefining one’s social life. The presence of social media adds pressure to an already weighty emotional load. Currently, youth are experiencing levels of stress that have not been reached in many years. Sometimes the best thing an adult can offer is compassion and a willingness to listen.
Traditionally, men were seen as providers of their respective families and villages. Their priorities were to hunt and gather, ensuring the security of their relatives and neighbors. As a boy, you would often find yourself shadowing the men of the family, learning the way of life. Oftentimes, that shadow would belong to your uncle.
A trusted family member and mentor, your uncle would not only teach you the proper techniques for subsistence living but impart valuable wisdom with every hunt. Patient and trustworthy, these men were willing participants in tough conversations and serve as reliable sources of unwavering support.
Understanding the importance of such a figure, SEARHC Health Promotions is introducing Gáagaagyaa Náay – Uncle’s House: Zoom sessions for young men led by youth mentor Damen Bell-Holter, addressing tough topics ranging from Health and Wellness and Traditional Roles to Honoring Self and Honoring Women. Two sessions will be offered per day for separate age groups; 12-17 year-olds will participate in sessions from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., while the 18-24-year-old sessions run from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Zoom meeting details will be emailed privately 20-minutes prior to the event. To join our mailing list and receive a meeting invite, please complete the submission form below. A session schedule can be found at the end of this blog.
Sitka and Kake Sessions
Alternating Thursdays and Tuesdays from Oct. 15 through December 17.
Wrangell and Angoon Sessions
Alternating Sundays and Wednesdays (with an exception over Thanksgiving) from Oct. 18 through December 23.