Unsah Jan (Dena’ina for “first day”) is the Recovery Services Department‘s prevention and youth development program aimed at young people ages 10 – 24. The program focuses on suicide prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, and life skills and wellness development for all young people, but is specifically designed to meet the needs of Alaska Native, American Indian, and LGBTQ youth.
Unsah Jan’s Youth Wellness Group for young people aged 13 – 18 meets every Wednesday, from 6 – 7 p.m., throughout the school year, at CITC’s Nat’uh Service Center (times may vary depending upon scheduled activity).
In addition to actively screening and providing referrals for suicide risk among youth, Unsah Jan’s staff offers a variety of training and growth opportunities, including:
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper
- You Are Not Alone youth training
- life skills development under the Alaska Native Life Skills Curriculum
- wellness activities (e.g., yoga, hiking, etc.)
Unsah Jan also partners with local schools and organizations to provide cultural homework help, case management, and life skills development among youth, in addition to providing training in suicide prevention for staff. CITC’s prevention program is part of the Recovery Services Department’s continuum of care.