Tag Archives: SAFV

Sitkans protest cuts to education and public radio

Jennifer Robinson, of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce and School Board, testified before the Senate Finance Committee along with School Board President Lon Garrison. (Photo courtesy of Gavel to Gavel)During budget testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, residents urged legislators to roll back proposed cuts to K-12 education, the Alaska Marine Highway System, domestic violence prevention, and public broadcasting.

Senators propose cuts to domestic violence prevention

09-IMG_5619Last week (Thursday, 3-26-15), a Senate subcommittee proposed zeroing out all funding for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs across the state. Among the organizations that would be affected is Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) Sitka’s women’s shelter, which also leads prevention programs for teens and kids.

Students unite behind ‘Choose Respect’ this Thursday

From left: Mt. Edgecumbe High School senior Kayleen Teeluk, Sitka High School sophomore Mackenzie Whitson, and Mt. Edgecumbe juniors Mikaela Hunter and Reba Dundas led the 2014 Choose Respect march down Lincoln Street in Sitka. (KCAW Photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee has gotten behind the "Choose Respect" March, which will happen in Sitka this Thursday (Noon, Thu Mar 26, Totem Square to Crescent Shelter). Committee members Justice Lysons, Reba Dundas, and Millie Nanoyk discuss SYLC's mission and growing involvement with "Choose Respect." With the SAFV Shelter's Julia Smith and Martina Kurzer. Downloadable audio.

‘Boys Run’ hopes to emulate success of ‘Girls’

Elena Gustafson, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, talks about a new program for boys in grades through 3-5 called Boys Run. It's based on the successful national self-esteem and empowerment program for girls called Girls on the Run. Boys Run, however, will be built on traditional Southeast values.

March for R-E-S-P-E-C-T

From left: Mt. Edgecumbe High School senior Kayleen Teeluk, Sitka High School sophomore Mackenzie Whitson, and Mt. Edgecumbe juniors Mikaela Hunter and Reba Dundas led the 2014 Choose Respect march down Lincoln Street in Sitka. (KCAW Photo/Rachel Waldholz)Students from Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka High Schools joined community members, Sitka's domestic violence task force, and a contingent of State Troopers, among others, as they marched through downtown on Thursday (3-27-14), as part of the 5th annual "Choose Respect" rally to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Program inspires girls to run, build confidence

rsz_girls-on-the-run-01To a lot of us, running seems like work, or at least exercise. But for a group of girls in Sitka, running is actually pretty fun. They’re part of an after-school program that combines running with learning important life lessons. It’s encouraged one fifth-grader to dream about her future.

SAFV scores in ’14 Sitka budget

Director Vicki D'Amico told the assembly that SAFV was expanding from intervention to prevention. Girls on the Run, which concluded with a 5K race last weekend, is one such program. (SAFV photo)Sitka’s domestic violence shelter got an unexpected boost as the assembly put its finishing touches on the 2014 budget Tuesday night (5-14-13). Sitkans Against Family Violence will receive $50,000, and have its own line item in the budget – meaning it will not have to compete with other non-profits for city funding next year.

V-Day drumming, dance to end violence

drummingSitka drum group, Haa Toow’u Litseen, performs at Crescent Harbor Thursday (2/14/2013) afternoon. Sitkans Against Family Violence, or SAFV, organized the event as part of V-Day, a worldwide call-to-action to end violence against women and girls.

Drumming and dance for V-Day

(Photo courtesy of onebillionrising.org)It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and Sitkans Against Family Violence, or SAFV, is inviting people to a drum performance on Thursday. It’s part of V-Day, a worldwide call-to-action to stop violence against women and girls.

What it means to be a strong woman

Veronica02We all know that growing up can be tough. The pressure to fit in can be overwhelming; so can the feeling of isolation when you don’t. In the second part of KCAW’s series on teens and communication, sixteen-year-old Veronica Nelson takes us on a journey to self-acceptance that many adults could learn from.