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PHOENIX INDIAN CENTER
Prevention Services

We know that in order to be successful in one’s personal, educational and professional life, we need to make good decisions and have a good network of support. This support can be from family, friends and from community organizations such as ours. We offer several programs to help support our urban American Indian families to increase communication, build community and to prevent risky behaviors and promote healthy choices.

To sign up for an upcoming workshop, visit our calendar events page: Click here to register

(UICAZ)
Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona

UICAZ is a grassroots community coalition focused on educating and preventing substance use and abuse by adolescents and suicide prevention in the urban American Indian community. Members share strength in providing resources, bringing diverse perspectives, and collaboration to create awareness and address issues within our community.

Our number one goal is to support our youth and assist them in making healthy choices that will prevent them from drinking while underage. We strive to educate about the dangers of prescription drugs, marijuana abuse and create awareness about suicide. We advocate for the Urban Indian Child Welfare Act to protect Native American children and to promote the preservation of AI/AN families and tribes.

Please join us – your voice is needed! It truly does take a village to make a difference. The coalition meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Join virtually on Zoom at the Phoenix Indian Center for our UICAZ meeting on Tuesday, May 28, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here to register!

To view the agenda for our May 2024 meeting: Click here.

To view the April 2024 Meeting Minutes: Click here. 

To view the UICAZ bylaws: Click here. 

If you haven’t already, please fill out a UICAZ Membership Form: Click here.  Email form to uicaz@phxindcenter.org 

Follow us on social media @UICAZ or @UrbanIndianCoalitionOfArizona on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter

Our Prevention Team is here to help keep our urban American Indian community safe by providing culturally responsive resources and prevention programming. 

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ASIST Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is 2-day interactive in-person training that teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. There is no cost for this nationally accredited training. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided. Each participant must attend the training in its entirety to receive a certificate of attendance. For more information, contact Shermaine Nelson at (602)264-6768 or snelson@phxindcenter.org.

 

QPR Question, Persuade, Refer 

The QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a brief educational program designed to teach “gatekeepers”–those who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers) — the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond by following three steps:

• Question the individual’s desire or intent regarding suicide
• Persuade the person to seek and accept help
• Refer the person to appropriate resources

For more information, contact the Prevention Services Team at (602) 264-6768 or at UICAZ@phxindcenter.org

SafeTALK Training

safeTALK training is a four-hour training that focuses on using the TALK steps—Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe—to engage persons with thoughts of suicide and help to connect them with life-affirming resources. safeTALK is designed for anyone age 15 or older, including many in more formal helping roles. The steps learned in safeTALK have helped participants from all walks of life be alert to situations where suicide thoughts may be present. For more information, email snelson@phxindcenter.org   

Network Support Roundtable

Are you trained in suicide prevention? If so, please join us for a roundtable discussion. The Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona’s network of support is for anyone who has been trained in ASIST, safeTALK & QPR. This forum is to establish a safe place to discuss any matters pertaining to suicide prevention, such as barriers, successes, challenges, and other experiences we have encountered in suicide intervention/prevention. As we work towards establishing suicide-safer communities. Visit this page often for information on the next workshop! For more information, contact the Prevention Services Team at (602) 264-6768 or at UICAZ@phxindcenter.org

 

Suicide Prevention Convening

The Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona and Phoenix Indian Center want to thank everyone who attended Journey to Community Healing: The 2024 Annual American Indian Suicide Prevention Convening on Friday, March 29, 2024.

Each year, the convening offers a safe space for local organizers to help establish suicide-safer communities for urban American Indian families. Sessions incorporate traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge to bring together behavioral health staff, service providers, school support staff, youth service organizations and community members in our effort to end suicide.  Through these convenings, service providers discuss and share areas of service around suicide prevention so that efforts between providers are known and can be better coordinated. To digitally view the 2024 Annual American Indian Suicide Prevention Convening Program with Speaker Bios, click here.

For information about the SPC email UICAZ@phxindcenter.org 

Learn how to better support and empower yourself as a caregiver of an urban American Indian youth. Enhance parenting skills through culturally relevant activities, strengthen family communication skills, learn more about child & youth development, prevent and reduce risky behaviors in youth.

Parenting in 2 Worlds

Learn how to better support and empower yourself as a caregiver of an urban American Indian youth. Enhance your parenting skills through culturally relevant activities, strengthen family communication skills and learn about child & youth development. Learn to prevent and reduce risky behaviors in youth: Join us every Thursday, starting May 23. Last day to register is June 06. To sign up, click here. 

Start Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

Location: Virtual on Zoom

 

Parenting in 2 Worlds

Learn how to better support and empower yourself as a caregiver of an urban American Indian youth. Enhance your parenting skills through culturally relevant activities, strengthen family communication skills and learn about child & youth development. Learn to prevent and reduce risky behaviors in youth: Join us every Thursday, starting May 02. To sign up, click here. 

Start Date: Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

Location: Virtual on Zoom

 

GCAHR Parenting Study

Calling all American Indian and Alaska Native parents with children aged 12 to 17 in Maricopa County! The ASU Global Center for Applied Health Research (GCAHR) is conducting a parenting research study to promote health in urban indigenous families. Join our 10-week program and earn up to $200 in gift cards. Please join our kickoff session! To sign up, click here

Date: Thursday, June 06, 2024
Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
Location: Native Health Mesa – 777 W. Southern Ave., Bldg. C Suite 301, Mesa, AZ 85210
For information, contact Loren Bahe: 602-264-6768 ext. 131 or email lbahe@phxindcenter.org

 

What is Parenting in 2 Worlds? 

We invite Parents and Guardians of American Indian youth to enroll in an exciting new program, Parenting in 2 Worlds. Parents developed the Parenting in 2 Worlds curriculum in cooperation with the Phoenix Indian Center and ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. Parenting in 2 Worlds is designed for parents to learn new ways to communicate with their youth. Other topics include:

  • building parenting communities
  • traditions, values and norms
  • knowing your child’s world
  • giving and receiving support
  • guiding behaviors
  • talking to teens about risky behaviors

Workshops are planned in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, as well as the Tohono O’odham Nation, Gila River Indian Community, Hopi Tribe, Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Navajo Nation. You are eligible if you care for American Indian youth between the ages of 0-17.

Click Here to download the enrollment form.

 

Living In 2 Worlds June Summer Camp

We are hosting a FREE Living in 2 Worlds Summer Camp! All American Indian Middle School youth are invited to join us for fun filled days with learning valuable prevention skills, cultural activities, and spend time with other youth like you! This camp will be offered from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM starting June 17th! Seating is limited. Register by June 18th! For more information contact the Prevention Services Team at (602) 264-6768. A Prevention Team Member will be contacting you to complete your child’s registration. Register Today: Click here. 

Dates: June 17-28 (No class June 19th)

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Each Day

Location: Clarendon Elementary School, 1225 W Clarendon Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Living In 2 Worlds July Summer Camp

We are hosting a FREE Living in 2 Worlds Summer Camp! All American Indian Middle School youth are invited to join us for fun filled days with learning valuable prevention skills, cultural activities, and spend time with other youth like you! This camp will be offered from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM starting June 17th! Seating is limited. Register by June 18th! For more information contact the Prevention Services Team at (602) 264-6768. A Prevention Team Member will be contacting you to complete your child’s registration. Register Today: Click here

Dates: July 8th  – July 19th 

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Each Day

Location: TBD

What is Living in 2 Worlds (L2W)?

Calling all American Indian Middle School Students! Are you interested in learning about how your American Indian culture and values can help you say “no” in everyday conflicts? Join us for fun discussions about how to deal with risky situations at school and home and time to spend with other youth like you! Other workshop opportunities include door prizes, gift cards, and free food!

This curriculum was developed by the Phoenix Indian Center in partnership with ASU’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center using the Keepin’ it REAL drug resistance strategies project as a program for our American Indian youth. Living in 2 Worlds draws on American Indian culture and values as effective drug resistance strategies. We provide youth with different ways to say no to negative choices that confront youth every day, and at the same time, we give youth ample opportunity to express their pride in their American Indian culture(s) and teach them the positive value in the nurturing of that pride.

Living in 2 Worlds, draws on Native culture and values as effective drug resistance strategies. The L2W also teaches, a variety of ways to say no to negative choices that confront youth every day, while learning about different cultures. The students take home Cultural Heritage projects to open communication with family and discuss lives in urban and reservation homes.

Check back often for dates of upcoming sessions.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Prevention Team at 602-264-6768.

Community Gathering of Native Americans (GONA)

This FREE workshop is open to all community members 15 years & older. This GONA session will focus on Two Spirit and LGBTQAI+ community members. We will also explore the four cultural components of embracing community & healing: belonging, mastery, interdependence & generosity. Everyone is welcome! Register today, click here.

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ, 85012

Age Range: 15 years and up

 

 

Historical Intergenerational Trauma

Presentation focuses on historical events and their relationship to current social health determinants. In addition, we explore behaviors associated with American Indian youth in Maricopa County in both the home and school settings.

Check back often for dates of upcoming sessions.

Safeguarding Medication 101

Are your prescription meds too easily accessible in your medicine cabinet at home? Safeguarding Medications 101 brings awareness to the harmful effects of prescription drugs. We’ll give parents, grandparents, and community members tips for preventing their fatal overdoses. While medication is meant for healing, when in the wrong hands, it can lead to lifelong problems of substance abuse, addiction and death. Join us to learn easy solutions to reclaim our American Indian communities. Register Today: Click Here

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Time: 12:00 PM -1:00 PM

Location: ZOOM 

 

Safeguarding Medications 101 Facts

Did you know that 77% of American Indian youth in Maricopa County perceive little or no risk in abusing prescription drugs? Rx360 brings awareness to the harmful effects of prescription drugs, and gives parents and community members tips for preventing their misuse and abuse.

Do you have old medications that were prescribed to you for a surgery or broken bone, but you never took all of them? Are your prescription meds too easily accessible in your medicine cabinet at home? Rx360 brings awareness to the harmful effects of prescription drugs and gives parents and community members tips for preventing their misuse and abuse. While the medication is meant for healing, when in the wrong hands, it can lead to lifelong problems of substance abuse, addiction and death. Join us at our virtual workshop as we reclaim our American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal communities and combat the prescription drug epidemic.

 

Our team is working to prepare for future events. Check this page often for updated information about upcoming Safeguarding Medication 101 workshops.

 

 

Visit our website often for information on upcoming workshops.

Vaping and Marijuana Community Workshop

Open to American Indian families, including youth and parents. Join us for informational workshops about vaping and marijuana prevention. The workshops include: What’s in a vape?, data among American Indian youth, effects of vaping & marijuana, and what you can do. We will update more upcoming workshops in the future.  

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