The following piece was written as an anthology capturing all of the asset terms identified
during the Community Asset Mapping Bingo activity during the inaugural FK1st Coalition
Convening on June 19, 2018. All of the terms in bold below are “assets” from the website of
each organization who participated in the convening. “Assets” in regard to Community Asset
Mapping are key tools, actions, and themes that make up the communities we serve. The location of each of the assets below is in the order in which they were drawn. From education to
health care to sovereignty. Each organization brings important assets to the table. Starting from
here, we are looking to build this asset map into actionable outcomes over the next 18 months
The First Kids 1st Every Child is Sacred Initiative looks to build safe places to learn and grow for
Native children and youth to thrive and face challenges like mixed identity. By expanding a
community of organizations during the first FK1st Coalition Convening, the new FK1st Coalition
Members are looking to create new opportunities, building on the strengths each organization’s
programs like the Tribal home ownership programs and honoring treaty rights. Artisans & musicians, voting, student centered learning, and ceremonies were found to be organizational assets while learning about key areas of focus for Coalition Members, we found that school-based health clinics and positive health promotions are important aspects to creating impactful health systems. The Coalition Members spoke at length regarding empowered youth, recognizing Native language, traditional healing, and spiritual well-being as proven preventative care to support Native children and youth along with honoring of ancestors. Community action and co-op learning through cultural dances by tribally led innovation and choice can change the life of the children and youth in our communities starting with Native early learning and head start programming taught through Native beliefs and values.
Tribal citizens also need support in the cities through Urban Indian Health Centers to ensure
that although community members are away from home their tribal voice is present. Nation
building through our children and youth is an important step as we watch the world change
around us our youth are standing up for the rights of two-spirit people, creating activist
movements through social media and showing their resiliency. Post-secondary graduate
students celebrate unique strengths by wearing regalia during their graduations and
celebrating with traditional foods. By utilizing traditional laws and taking a page from the red
power movement the youth engagement online has turned entire youth communities into
leaders and environmental stewards.
The FK1st Initiative is looking to create even more momentum by involving as many organizations as possible to help supportive families, empower Native advocates, promote restorative justice, and inherent rights.
FK1st wants to establish a place for Native educators to receive support for educational
sovereignty through a Native resource repository focused on FK1st Coalition Members who
are inspiring youth-led change.
Celebrating core cultural values such as religious rights, storytelling, and community
organizing leads to innovative programming like a national health website for Native youth.
As sovereign nations, tribes are investing time and effort into building youth councils and
Native youth networks. School gardening to grow local, traditional foods and traditional
dances for the health of it are making headway and are being incorporated into accessible
health care systems by tribes.
Cultural based pedagogy by kinship relationships is also seeing a reprisal as tribes invest in
cultural learning and advancing the ways of life for our decedents, teaching traditional
ceremonies like smudging.
Only through the attention of tribal leadership can tribal justice systems be implemented, with
an important piece of that system being the youth voice.
Through the collective work of over 30 organizations who met during the FK1st Coalition Convening, it is through our collaborative work that we can support Native children and youth
through health care services like tribal diabetes patient programs and investing in tribal lands
as our homes and water rights as part of our essentials to creating thriving communities.
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the First Kids 1st – Every Child is Sacred Initiative held its inaugural FK1st Coalition Convening in Washington, DC. This inaugural Coalition Convening was a close group of organizations from around the country that have programs and initiatives that impact Native children and youth. The one-day event was a collaboration of efforts made by the FK1st Founding Partners to further expand the network of like-minded organizations to share assets, create partnerships, and actionable outcomes to help continue to grow the network of support that helps Native children and youth thrive.
The Coalition Convening attendees spent the day in a collective think tank environment with discussions facilitated by the FK1st Founding Partners. Starting off with introductions and an initial presentation about the Initiative, the attendees jumped straight into the hard work in group sessions to discuss current programming at their home organizations and talked through collaboration opportunities and goals.
At the end of the day, the group reconvened, set goals, and next steps for the collaboration of work in the months to come. Check back here at the FK1st Blog to learn more about the Convening, new projects, and resources from our Partners and Coalition Members. Want to become a FK1st Coalition Member? Email us at email@example.com.
First Kids 1st is a national campaign with the aim of lifting up and supporting Native children and youth so they can achieve their highest potential. Through developing tools and resources that allow Tribal decision makers to better support youth in the areas of education, health, welfare, and governance, partners have started a movement to put first kids first in policy and practice.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), along with the support of other First Kids 1st Partners, are highlighting Tribal community members and programmatic leaders at the 2018 NIHB National Tribal Public Health Summit whose work aligns with the spirit and objectives of the First Kids 1st Initiative.
In accordance with the First Kids 1st mission, a cohort of presenters and participants are working to develop data-driven Tribal strategies and policy objectives in order to:
The contributions of these presenters will be highlighted in the conference manual provided to all participants.
If you have any questions about First Kids 1st or would like to know how you can get involved, please visit us on the web or check us out on Facebook or twitter. To learn more about the 2018 NIHB National Tribal Public Health Summit visit the conference website here.
The First Kids 1st – Every Child is Sacred Initiative is proud to announce the launch of the www.firstkids1st.org website reboot!
The website reboot is the next step in the development of the First Kids 1st – Every Child is Sacred Initiative (FK1st). Over the past two years, FK1st Partners have developed a broad range of materials and resources that needed room to grow. As such, the FK1st Partners made the decision to develop a more robust platform to serve as a resource to Tribal communities from Alaska to Florida.
Working in tandem with the FK1st Coalition Partners and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the FK1st website will continue to evolve and grow in the coming months. Don’t miss out on our updates! Subscribe to the FK1st mailing list today.
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