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.
UICAZ is a community-driven coalition focused on educating and preventing substance use and abuse by adolescents dedicated to discussing, advising and collectively working together 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 and educating them about the dangers of prescription drugs and marijuana abuse and to create awareness about suicide. We strive to work as a community to address these issues. 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 us for our next online coalition meeting on May 24, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here to register!
Parenting in 2 Worlds
Join us for our next virtual Parenting in 2 Worlds workshop! Parenting in 2 Worlds is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help parents learn effective ways to relate to their American Indian Youth when it comes to communication, risky behaviors and norms and traditions. This workshop is open to all: new parents, guardians, and grandparents of American Indian youth in the household.
Must register by May 24, 2022. Click here to register today!
Dates: Tuesdays beginning May 3, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Held Virtually on Zoom
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.
Fostering American Indian Youth
Fostering American Indian Youth is a prevention program implemented for Foster Care Parents in Maricopa County that are currently fostering American Indian Youth. This is a three day workshop led by a facilitator that will focus on bridging the gap on topics such as communicating with your child, introducing norms, values and beliefs and also talking with your teen about risky behaviors.
Join us for the upcoming workshop!
July 6-8, 2022 Click here to register
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM (same time each day)
Held virtually on zoom
*Upon registering, you will need to complete the enrollment forms prior attending this workshop. Click here to download and complete the enrollment forms now.
No plans for the kiddos this summer? Are they in middle school? 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 starting Tuesday, June 14, 2022! Seating is limited. Register Today!
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Date: June 14, 2022 to July 1, 2022 (Tuesday through Friday)
Time: 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM (Early and after care available as needed)
Location: Urban Living on 2nd Avenue | 650 N. 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
For more information contact the Prevention Services Team at (602)264-6768.
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 food delivery for Maricopa County residents.
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.
What is Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe (SUBS)?
This curriculum teaches children about personal safety. During two 40-minute sessions, a trained facilitator will present research-based, age-appropriate lessons to help children learn the skills to prevent or interrupt cycles of neglect, bullying and child abuse – physical, emotional and sexual. The Speak Up Be Safe curriculum includes information for children, parents, teachers, and communities to reinforce important safety rules. Because adults are responsible for keeping children safe, the lessons focus on helping children identify a safe adult and learn five safety rules the children can use to help their safe adults keep them safe:
- It’s MY body!
- Ask an adult if I am safe
- I have choices
- Tell someone
- It’s NEVER my fault!
Click here to download and complete the enrollment forms.
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.
We are excited to announce our 1st in-person Youth Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) workshop of 2022! Join us at the Scottsdale Community College Indigenous Cultural Center on Thursday, June 2nd from 9:00am to 3:00pm. This workshop will explore the 4 cultural components of embracing community and healing through the concepts of Belonging, Mastery, Interdependence and Generosity. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Masks are required and seating is limited, so register TODAY!
PLEASE NOTE: Parent permission is required if under 18 years of age.
Click here to register.
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.
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QPR Gatekeeper Training
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
We are working to plan our next QPR Gatekeeper training. Check this page often for updates.
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training to train participants to recognize the invitations sent out by people with thoughts of suicide and to take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. Participants must be ages 15 or older. Check this page often for details about the next safeTALK training workshop.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
This is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Suicide touches many lives each year and leaves us wondering what we could have done to help. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is an evidence-based curriculum that teaches intervention skills in 5 modules (Prepare, Connect, Understand, Assist, and Network). Participants will be trained to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. This training is appropriate for people working directly with clients and/or customers. Check this page often for details about the next 2-day ASIST training workshop.
Rx360: Safeguarding Your Prescription Meds
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.
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.
Visit our website often for information on upcoming workshops.
Culture Matters When Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Use. E-Cigarettes are NOT our Native tradition. Visit our website often to learn about events to learn more information about prevention efforts.
Culture of Pride – Positive Habits Build Tradition
Watch all four important video messages!