The youth partnered with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to “create a better world for this and future generations,” a statement issued from the Old Harbor tribal administration said.
“Through these activities we are breaking the silence and uniting to end the cycles of violence. Since reporting has increased, we are able to hold more perpetrators accountable for the actions,” Village Public Safety Officer Jim Cedeno, said.
Lance Peterson, the Tribal Youth Council President, noted, “This is a way for our youth to share their dreams for a better future.”
The statement added that the project “went beyond” a single weekend of filming.
“It is a major step toward strengthening our values and our generational relationships while building upon positive norms within Old Harbor. Our youth are challenging all communities to envision a better future without violence and start taking steps towards making it a reality.”
Youth from Old Harbor joined the movement to end violence in our state by starting on a local level and to define the meaning and honor of being an elder.
The Old Harbor youth based the campaign on a poem written in 2001 by a teen member of Bethel Teens Acting Against Violence member, “which imagined a world without violence for future generations.”
Television spots and public service announcements, as well as the voices of other youth, both from Bethel and Barrow, turned this poem into powerful tool against violence.