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When I Am An Elder

  • Rachel Romberg, Director of Prevention
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • 130 Seward St., Suite 214
  • Juneau, Alaska 99801
  • Phone: (907)586-3650
  • Email:

When I am an Elder is the latest addition to a number of Stand Up Speak up public service announcements, posters, and materials developed with youth committed to creating a better world and Standing Up and Speaking Up to end violence. The television spots are based on a poem, called “When I’m an Elder” created and written by Bethel Teens Acting Against Violence (TAAV) in 2002. TAAV youth have added and changed lines over the years, slowly making “When I’m an Elder” a powerful collective creation. Youth from Bethel, Barrow, Ketchikan, Juneau, Minto, Saxman, Old Harbor and Sitka have participated in these campaigns. The enthusiasm continues to spread and each year more communities' youth join in. The campaign was awarded an Alaska Broadcasters Association award for the Southeastern version in June of 2013. For more information go to: