Boys Run: I Toowú Klatseen program recruiting coaches to mentor young runners

Are you interested in mentoring boys in the third through fifth grade so they grow up to become their best selves? Consider coaching for Boys Run: I toowú klatseen, a program coordinated by Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV).

Boys Run: I toowú klatseen (which means “strength of spirit”) is a mentorship program for young boys, with programs in Juneau, Sitka and Kake. The program teaches boys healthy social and emotional skills through running and envisions boys growing up into healthy members of society. It is modeled after the Girls On The Run program, which meets in the spring.

Southeast Alaska Native cultural values have been intentionally incorporated into the program in each lesson, and we use running as a vehicle for games and fun activities. The program ends with a community five-kilometer fun run, teaching boys they can accomplish anything they set their mind to.
What coaching entails:

  • Practices are held twice a week from 2:40-4 p.m., on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. It starts the end of September and goes until mid December.
  • There is a coach training Sept. 16 in Juneau, we will provide transportation and lodging.
  • You do not have to be a runner to coach.
  • There is a set curriculum and lesson plans and all the supplies you need will be provided for you.

If  you are interested, please contact Rebecca Foster of SAFV at BoysRunInfo@gmail.com or call 747-3496.

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Girls on the Run to close out season with beach-themed 5K community fun run on May 13

 
The Sitka Girls On The Run program will host celebrate the end of its ninth season with a beach/Hawaiian themed five-kilometer run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 13, with the start-finish line at the Crescent Harbor covered shelter. The fun run and ceremony will honor the girls, who have been training all spring at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.

This is a family friendly event, and tutus and bright colors are encouraged, but not required. Volunteers and cheerleaders also are needed so they can make the event extra special for our participants. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Volunteer — There are quite a few volunteer positions available, some of which also allow volunteers to run in the event (all allow volunteers to be cheerleaders). Volunteer time requirements vary by assignment. Please register at http://tinyurl.com/GOTR5K2017. Please contact Lauren Havens at lhavens@safv.org or 747-3489 with any questions.
  • Cheerleader — Position yourself along the course between 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. to cheer the girls on as they run. The run starts at the Crescent Harbor covered shelter, runs along the Sitka Sea Walk and through the Sitka National Historical Park’s Totem Trails and back, so there are plenty of places to cheer people on. Bring a sign and bright colors and a positive attitude.

Girls On The Run is a life-changing empowerment program for girls in third through fifth grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory five-kilometer (3.1-mile) running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The 12-week program is one of several in the region. GOTR of Greater Alaska operates Girls On The Run programs in Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Yakutat, along with similar programs in other Alaska communities. Check out what the program is all about. Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) hosts the GOTR program in Sitka.

Please help spread the word and encourage family members and friends to make the 2017 5K Community Fun Run a success.

SEARHC to host Sitka Walk For Life on Saturday, April 15

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Suicide Prevention and Domestic Violence Prevention Programs will host the Sitka Walk For Life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.

This event starts at the Crescent Harbor Shelter and ends at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi, where there will be a potluck, drumming and dancing by the Mount Edgecumbe High School Yup’ik Dancers, Sheet’ká Kwáan Dancers and the Haa Toowu Litseen Group.

In addition, there will be guest speakers and raffle drawings. Other groups participating in the event include Youth Advocates for Sitka, Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV), SEARHC Behavioral Health, and SEARHC Health Promotion.

For more information, contact Lanore Hahn at lanoreh@searhc.org

Eighth annual Choose Respect March to take place on Thursday, March 23

Join the Sitka Youth Leadership Committee and Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) and walk in the Eighth Annual Choose Respect March from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. There also will be a sign-making event from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, at The Island Institute, on Baranof Street across from Baranof Elementary School.

We’ll start at Totem Square at noon, head down Lincoln Street and gather at the Crescent Harbor Shelter. Let everyone know that you support the movement to stop the epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse in Alaska. At the rally, you will learn about some of the exciting programs in the community which empower youth to prevent violence before it ever occurs.

“When we started planning, we thought it would be timely to widen the focus from intimate partner violence to all kinds of violence we are witnessing these days,” said Martina Kurzer, SAFV Community Coordinator. “We’ll march for equality and diversity, and against violence and oppression. So immigration, LGBTQIA, poverty, abuse of power, are all issues we can express in this event. Our hope is to offer another opportunity for making a statement. We’ll have some speakers there, including Kathy Hope-Erickson, Phil Burdick, and hopefully, some student council members. The event will be over by 12:45 pm.”

Even though the state no longer provides support for statewide Choose Respect March events, SAFV is keeping the Sitka event going. If you are an employer, please allow your staff members to participate in this community event. Our goal is to be seen, statewide, as a community that cares.

Nearly one out of every two women in Sitka (47 percent) has experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, or both in her lifetime, according to a 2012 survey by the UAA Justice Center.

For questions, please call Martina or Julia at SAFV, 747-3370. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sitkans Against Family Violence seeks coaches for Boys Run: I Toowú Klatseen program

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Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) is seeking coaches for its Boys Run: I toowú klatseen (strength of spirit) program.

This is an after-school empowerment program for boys in grades 3-5 that teaches them healthy relationship and respect skills while training towards a 5-kilometer fun run later this fall. It is modeled after the Girls On The Run program, which meets in the spring.

Coach training takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 (lunch is provided). The Boys Run program has two teams that will meet from 2:40-4:15 p.m. from September through December in the Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School Gym. Team One meets on Mondays/Wednesdays starting Sept. 21 and Team Two meets on Tuesdays/Thursdays starting Sept. 22.

For more information, contact Lauren Havens at SAFV at 747-3370 or send an email to lhavens@safv.org. The coaches application and job description can be found at this link.

Seventh annual Choose Respect March to take place on Thursday, March 24

Choose Respect poster

Join the Sitka Youth Leadership Committee and Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) and walk in the Seventh Annual Choose Respect March from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.

We’ll start at Totem Square at noon, head down Lincoln Street and gather at the Crescent Harbor Shelter. Let everyone know that you support the movement to stop the epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse in Alaska. At the rally, you will learn about some of the exciting programs in the community which empower youth to prevent violence before it ever occurs.

If you are an employer, please allow your staff members to participate in this community event. Our goal is to be seen, state wide, as a community that cares.

Almost every other woman in Sitka (47 person) has experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, or both in her lifetime, according to a 2012 survey by the UAA Justice Center.

For questions, please call Martina or Julia at SAFV, 747-3370. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sitkans Against Family Violence seeks coaches for Boys Run: I Toowú Klatseen program

BoysRun_2015CoachesPromoPoster

Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) is seeking coaches for its Boys Run: I toowú klatseen (strength of spirit) program.

This after-school empowerment program for boys teaches them healthy relationship and respect skills while training towards a 5-kilometer fun run later this fall. It is modeled after the Girls On The Run program, which meets in the spring.

The deadline for potential coaches to complete their applications is Saturday, Aug. 15, and coach training takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 (lunch is provided). The Boys Run program will meet from 2:30-4:15 p.m. on Mondays/Wednesdays and Tuesdays/Thursdays through December.

For more information, contact Eleyna Rosenthal at SAFV at vista@safv.org, or send an email to schools@safv.org. The coaches application and job description is posted below.

• 2015 Boys Run Coaches Job Description

• 2015 Boys Run Coach Application Final