LISTEN: Fighting to add mental health education to Alaska’s high school curriculum

Legislation that aims to address the emotional health of our youth is being introduced across the country. In Alaska, HB 181 intends to introduce mental health education to the Anchorage School District curriculum.

LISTEN: How can we get more Alaskans teaching in their home communities?

The highest rates of teacher turnover in Alaska are with teachers who are trained outside the state. So how are educators and lawmakers working to get more Alaskans trained to teach in their home communities?

Alaska language specialists talk about the effects of multilingualism on the developing brain

What are the benefits of multilingualism to the developing brain? Are there long term benefits to speaking more than 1 language fluently?

Infant, child and adolescent wellness

Childhood is a time of significant developmental change. Along with this enormous growth, come some expected and unexpected challenges to a child’s health and wellness.

AK: Keeping the Tlingit language alive with youth

Officially there are 20 Alaska Native languages in the state. But fluent speakers continue to decline. That led then-Gov. Bill Walker to declare a linguistic emergency last year. Now, Tlingit elders are teaching young children early in a home-like environment, and they’re finding it more effective than the classroom.

Before, some teens in crisis had to leave their families in Juneau to get help. That’s changing.

Since January, Southeast Alaska’s largest hospital has quietly rolled out a new program to close a big gap in behavioral health services for minors. So far, it's provided care to more than a dozen young people in the midst of a crisis.

Juneau Assembly committee recommends city invest in child care

The Juneau Assembly Childcare Committee formed in November. Mayor Beth Weldon tasked it answering two key questions: Should child care be a part of municipal activities, and if so, should early education be a part of that?

Through language, a Yup’ik teacher passes on a way of life

As a child, Alice Fitka was punished for speaking her Yup'ik language in school. Since then, she's spent decades teaching it in the Western Alaska village of Tuntutuliak.

Meet Alice Qannik Glenn, the podcaster who’s trying to get more young Alaska Native voices on the mic

If you look at the stories being told in the world, and you don’t see your perspective reflected in those stories, what do you do? For one young Iñupiaq woman, the answer to that question was: make a podcast.

Alaska News Nightly: April 1, 2019

Judge blocks Trump administration move to undo Obama ban on Arctic oil leasing; Soldier killed during live-fire exercise near Fort Greely; 'Stay off the ice' BSAR warns as two die from four-wheelers falling through ice; Anchorage municipal ballots due April 2; State regulators propose changing how to implement Clean Water Act; Tariffs force Alaska seafood industry to look beyond China; Juneau homeless service providers worry governor’s budget could close facilities; For Kachemak City residents, DIY roadwork beats higher taxes; Auluturta: The story of the 2019 Cama-i Spirit Mask

Alaska teens’ perspective on mental health stigma and advocacy

The stigma of mental health is one of the biggest barriers to people seeking effective treatments for depression and other mood disorders. Mental health advocacy programs are often poorly funded compared to visible medical conditions like cancer and heart disease. Thanks for listening!

How Alaska schools can help students dealing with trauma

In January, the state put out a new resource designed to help schools support students who have experienced trauma. It contains 11 chapters full of stories and best practices, created with input from over 200 teachers, counselors and community members across the state.

The power of play

A growing body of evidence shows the health benefits of play.  In addition to the well-known cardiovascular benefits of physical activity, play during childhood may have positive effects on brain development. Thanks for listening!

Parenting with love and limits

Pushing back against the authority of parents is a normal part of the individuation process for teens.  These behaviors can usually be handled with patience, discipline, and love. Thanks for listening!

New Covey Cafe gives at-risk youth a chance to shine

A new coffee house is teaching at-risk youth life and work skills. This story was produced by residents of Covenant House, a youth shelter in Anchorage.

Emotional coaching: The heart of parenting

Line One co-host Prentiss Pemberton and Anchorage therapist, Mandy Casurella, discuss an approach to parenting that focuses on identifying and validating a child’s feelings, so they can learn the critical skill of managing their emotions in a way that promotes self-awareness and self-regulation. Thanks for listening!
Jessica Lahey's The Gift of Failure

“The Gift Of Failure”- Are our kids growing up “failure deprived?”

Line One Co-host Prentiss Pemberton and his guest, author and teacher, Jessica Lahey discuss the unintended consequences of protecting our kids from the gifts and lessons learned by experiencing heartache, defeat, struggle, and failure. Thanks for listening!

Eyes Closed: When you are 10, and you have dreams

Can you remember being 10 years old, and having a dream? Join us on Hometown Alaska to hear the dreams of three participants in 'Eyes Closed,' a community celebration highlighting the stories and dreams of 19 very diverse youngsters in Anchorage. Join us! Thanks for listening!

Parenting tips, strategies and resources

Parenting in today’s complex landscape can prove a daunting task. As our kids age, and as they gain their freedom and independence, we as parents lose control and influence. How do we as parents maintain connection with our kids while setting clear limits and guidelines? On the next Line One:Your health conniction, Prentiss Pemberton and his guest will discuss the challenges parents face and give helpful tips and resources for how to best help your child if you are concerned about their physical, emotional, or mental health. Thanks for listening!

Alaska CARES and building resiliency

Childhood trauma can affect our health throughout the lifetime. But there are paths to healing for our kids and our communities. Co-host Dr. Jay Butler will be speaking with Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson and Hillary Walker of Alaska CARES at the Providence Alaska Medical Center on ways to mitigate the effects of childhood trauma and build resiliency in our children. Thanks for listening!