235 Knowing Who You Are: A State and Tribal Partnership in Alaska

During the Tribal State Collaboration Group meetings in 2008, the State of Alaska’s Office of Children’s Services under the direction of Tammy Sandoval, tribal partners, and tribal organizations all agreed to train all workers in child welfare (state and tribal) under the same process, called Knowing Who You Are (KWYA).  KWYA is a process created by Casey Family Programs and is supported by their agency in several states.  Under the direction of Casey Family Programs, KWYA trainers and certifiers were developed to keep Alaska self sustained in healthy racial and ethnic identification.

KWYA is a process for helping workers with racial and ethnic identity, while giving them some skills/activities to do with others on their own racial and ethnic identity journey.   The KWYA process is a 3-part process that includes watching a video (about 20 minutes long), completing an e-learning tutorial on-line (approximately 6 hours long), and then participating in the 2-day in-person workshop.

KWYA workshops have already begun to roll out statewide to tribal workers, state workers, and community partners.  Professionals come together to work on their own journeys about knowing their own Racial & Ethnic Identity (REI), while learning skills to work with youth, families, and caretakers on their own REI journeys. 

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