Our Story
In 2009 the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians established the Avellaka Program and Native Women's Advisory Committee as it's vehicle to address Violence against Women and Children within its jurisdiction. Tribal Citizens, including a Native Women's Advisory Committee (NWAC.) came together to identify gaps in service and offer suggestions for community awareness topics/events and prevention programs that service and try to meet all our people's needs seeking to live a violence free life.
Native Womens Advisory Committee - Comprised of volunteer women and men from the community, NWAC advises the Avellaka Program through its development and implementation of services to ensure its services meet the needs of our people and families. 

Youth Groups 
Avellaka provides weekly youth group meetings for our Young Women , Yawáywish Nánwiyam (ages 13 and up), Young Men, Túkwutum (ages 13 and up), and our Little Acorns (ages 7-12). These weekly meetings provide a safe space for our youth to connect in age-appropriate discussions on topics such as healthy relationships, self-esteem, bullying, teen dating, etc. while, also experiencing and learning traditional and cultural practices. 

Senior GEMS
Avellaka provides a safe space for our Seniors (ages 55 and up) to sexercise, socialize, share concerns regarding safety, rights, and aging. They meet twice a week to play Chair Volleyball. Physical connection to the community is key to ensuring the safety and well-being of our Seniors.

Rainbow of Truth Circle
The Avellaka Program also coordinates and partners with local programs on awareness events throughout the year to uplift topics such as suicide, and substance abuse, sexual assault, earth day, LGBTQ+ pride, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

Native Connections
Native Connections is a five-year grant provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that helps American Indian and Alaska Native Communities identify and address behavioral health needs of Native Youth. This specific grant was established to support communities in reducing suicidal behavior and substance use among Native youth up to age 24, ease the impacts of substance use, mental illness, and trauma in tribal communities, and help youth transition into adulthood. 

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