The Hannahville Native Connections program understands that historical trauma and grief in Native American communities have manifested in a myriad of maladaptive coping techniques including substance abuse, depression, domestic violence, and suicide. Our plan is to help facilitate restoration in the community by providing opportunities to resolve grief, heal, build resiliency, forgive, and embrace a spirit of gratitude and generosity.
We will work with Hannahville community members, specifically targeting youth and young adults up to the age of 24. We will also provide some prevention programs universally so that they will include individuals of all ages. What benefits the community as a whole will benefit youth and young adults. That being said, we will specifically target policy making and revising that will impact youth and young adults at risk of substance abuse or suicide. We will work with our community partners, including our Native Connections Advisory Board, to identify policies and procedures that need to be created or changed to ensure that these individuals can effectively access needed services.
The goals we will focus on will help guide the community through the grief process on a macro level. For the first year, we will increase understanding of grief and trauma by providing at least four experiential activities that address grief, such as the youth round dance and ghost feed. In the second year, we will help illuminate the connection between community grief and individual problems. We will create opportunities for community members to share about their losses in a safe place with people on hand to provide teachings and support. In the third year, we will focus on building adaptive coping skills in youth and young adults, through experiences such as the mental toughness basketball camp and connecting with cultural practices like maple syrup making. By year four, we will focus on addressing underlying feelings of grief and loss and accepting responsibility to change through the act of forgiveness. We will promote feelings of mastery and awareness of interdependence through activities like a Gathering of Native Americans (GONA). In the fifth year, we will focus on increasing gratitude and generosity. We will provide events that will allow participants to explore and develop gratitude and find ways to give back to the community through activities like the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Throughout the course of the grant we will be offering gatekeeper trainings for suicide prevention and culturally specific classes on interpersonal relationships. We will also collaborate with our community partners on initiatives like the Youth Council and trauma-informed care at the school. We will maintain our social media connection to the community and utilize those channels to provide education and support.
We plan to serve 150 unduplicated individuals in the first year, and then add at least 50, 25, 25, and 15, respectively in years two through five, for a total of 265 served cumulatively. This is a realistic goal for a small community with a great deal of duplication in participation.