Braiding Possibilities for Indigenous Transition Youth Programs June 3, 2024 at 1:15 pm

The Native Center for Disabilities utilizes a braided Indigenous strength-based Decolonizing Disability approach of relationality, resilience, and respect with Indigenous methods of translating knowledge (e.g., storytelling) focused on cultural protective factors, in which the belonging aspect of being part of a culture and its traditions results in specific protective factors for those that belong, such as emotional wellbeing and resiliency in the face of negative outcomes. In addition to our Indigenous practice-based evidence, we utilized the following western-based evidence-based practices. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory, which views youth development ecosystems within the context of the system of relationships that form their environment. Broffenbrenner, who helped establish the federal Head Start program, defines complex layers of environment, including family and community environments and larger societal contexts, each having an effect on a youth’s development. Kohler’s Taxonomy (1996; Test, Fowler, et al. 2009) framework for planning, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive secondary transition programs with five areas of transition implementation: student-focused planning, student development, interagency collaboration, family involvement, and program structures. Students in programs are offered opportunities in work experience, self-care and independent living skills, and transition planning and support, based on the evidence linking specific in-school activities to positive post-school outcomes.

Key Learning Outcomes

1.Participants will identify 3 Indigenous practice-based programs for Native youth transition programs.
2. Participants will describe how Indigenous practice-based evidence is utilized to create inclusive and culturally responsive transition programs.
3. Participants will document how to braid diverse funding streams and partnerships to develop Native youth transition programs.


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