Elders will be sharing their culture, beliefs, customs and traditions with our Youth twice a
month for an hour and a half.
Elders will model behavior they would like to see in our youth, including a positive self-awareness,
abstinence from alcohol and substance abuse, and a rich understanding of spiritual beliefs.
Elders will share such customs and traditions as storytelling, basket weaving, carving, cooking,
dancing, drumming, and singing.
In exchange, our Youth will provide a renewed hope in our future for the American Indian way of life. On
occassion our youth will also provide guest speakers to address such issues as long-term care, housing, prevention
of Elder-abuse, support for extended-family caregivers, adequate nutrition, and other American Indian social support
services. Furthermore, our Youth can provide help with household duties, offer socialization and friendship and
their own knowledge of contemporary issues affecting American Indians.
At each BRIDGE meeting, Elders will meet one on one with our Youth to participate in these activities.
Each meeting will include a workshop activity, healthy snack, music, and end with a Talking Circle where we can share what
was learned. At times, we will invite guests. At the request of the Elder, transportation will be provided.