Ho-Chunk Nation Social Services Hosts the First Annual Healthy Relationships Event

By Kaili Berg

     On Thursday, August 18th the Ho-Chunk Nation hosted the first annual Teen Healthy Relationships Event at the HCN Tomah Youth Center, which focused on building healthy relationships for young teenagers.

     The event was open to all Ho-Chunk and Native teenagers and there were approximately 40 youth in attendance.

     During the event, youth explored different booths that offered resources available to them, and listened to event speakers on building healthy relationships with their peers.

     Chief, Clayton Winneshiek; Community Education and Prevention Coordinator, Lydia Gamble; Mobile Domestic Abuse Advocate, Helyena Brinegar; and Mobile Domestic Abuse Advocate, Linden Funmaker were on hand for opening the event.

     Youth tuned in to listen to guest speakers Roberta and Francis Decorah as they spoke to youth about the history on how they built healthy relationships through their lives, and gave advice on how to build healthier relationships with peers.

     At the conclusion of the conference, youth participated in group activities along with a dance party.