8TH ANNUAL THRIVE CONFERENCE
What: 8th Annual THRIVE Conference
When: June 25-29, 2018
Where: Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) 5135 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland OR 97218
Who: American Indian and Alaska Native Youth 13-19 years old *Background checks are required for all adults 18+
Join us this summer and spend a week in the city of roses! This conference will focus on building protective factors and help Native youth to strengthen their nation through culture, prevention, connections, and empowerment! Participants will learn about healthy lifestyle choices like healthy behaviors, suicide prevention, healthy relationships, and building new friendships through FIVE (5) interactive workshop tracks.
Sessions will incorporate American Indian/Alaska Native culture, traditional learning strategies, and skill-building activities that educate youth about healthy behaviors.
- Gen-I Bootcamp (stop motion film w/special guest) – The aim is to help the youth generate and disseminate a youth-driven social marketing campaign. This workshop will focus on creating a stop-motion film with the help of a special guest (will be revealed at the time of THRIVE). Through the art of stop motion animations, participants will explore their creativity and create characters, sets, learn to use editing software, and utilize exciting digital effects!
- Beats Lyrics Leaders (songwriting and production) – Explore your way through cultures and heritage with music! BLL offers a hands-on approach to learning as they teach each participant, young and old, the ins-and-outs of beat making, lyric/songwriting, and recording.
- Science and Medical Track (Oregon Health and Science University) – Meet Native professionals working in health and science fields, explore the amazing technology of the Oregon Health & Science University’s Simulation Center, learn how translational research impacts health, learn how alcohol impacts the brain, and more. Join us to see this work in action and learn about many aspects of healthy living.
- We R Native Ambassadors (youth leadership) – Do you have the desire to create positive change in your community? Do you have creative ideas that you would like to share with your fellow Native youth? If yes, join the WRN team as a Youth Ambassador! You will get leadership training that will empower you to make a positive difference in your community.
- *NEW* Native Fitness and Traditional Foods (physical fitness and nutrition) – Feeling healthy can mean a lot of things. Whether it’s being in the best shape of your life or feeling mentally good about your self-esteem, friendships, and family. This workshop will explore ways to improve your mental health through activities that get you moving and it will also teach youth how to make natural healthy foods. Participants will leave feeling physically, mentally, and spiritually . . . healthy.
REGISTRATION IS FREE and ends on June 8th – or – when we reach 102 youth participants.
*NEW* There is no maximum on the number of youth a group can bring but 1 chaperone for every 4 youth attending is still required.
Submit forms by June 8th to Celena McCray by fax (503-228-4801) or email (email@example.com).
Adults 18+ must complete a background check (paid for by NPAIHB) – or – submit a letter from your organization/tribe which states that you have completed and passed a background check.
- Background check (paid for by NPAIHB): Fill out chaperone consent form and send to Celena McCray.
- Letter: Click here to download the template letter for your organization/tribe to fill out and submit to the NPAIHB.
*** Background checks MUST be completed & results (or letters from organizations/tribes) received by the NPAIHB by June 15th for admittance to the conference.
There is a group rate at the Howard Johnson Portland Airport, 8247 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97220 under “THRIVE” For reservations call 503-256-4111
$89/night +tax for 2 people – or – $99/night +tax for 4 people *A hot breakfast, airport shuttle, parking, and free wifi is included.
Room block deadline is June 8th
- June 8th Registration deadline – or – when we reach 102 youth participants
- June 8th Participant/Chaperone forms due to Celena McCray
- June 8th Room block deadline
- June 15th Background Checks completed with results – or – received letters from organization or tribe.
Adolescent Health Alliance Meeting (Chaperones):
June 27th from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
- Chaperones are invited to participate in a NW Native Adolescent Health Alliance meeting! The Alliance is an inclusive, multi-functional group that meets quarterly in OR, WA, and ID to discuss cross-cutting planning and prevention strategies targeting AI/AN teens and young adults (addressing tobacco, substance abuse, STD/HIV, teen pregnancy, and suicide topics). Our goal is to support regional action planning, resource development, and sharing.
- Lunch and snacks will be provided Monday-Thursday. Breakfast and dinners are not included.
- Travel, parking, lodging, breakfast, and dinners are not included.
- Please bring cultural games, regalia, music, and activities to share during the cultural night on Tuesday, June 26.
If you have any questions, contact Celena McCray at 503-416-3270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for this conference was made possible, in part, by grant number SM61780 from SAMHSA and IHS grants BH16IHS0016 and BH16IHS0021. The views expressed in written conference materials or publication and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of CMHS, SAMHSA, or HHS; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.