For untold centuries people have passed on the songs, stories and language that make us human. This ancestral transferring of life skills is known as mentoring. Mentoring is the art of empowering another person by sharing knowledge, skills and resources. For those of us who have wisdom to pass on it is vital that we understand our obligation to the next generation. And for those seeking wisdom it is crucial that you commit yourself to learning from the elders. We all play an important part in the act of speaking life into one another. Join us as we journey into the realm of story to explore the power of mentoring and how we can uplift the next generation.
Crit Callebs is of Eastern Band Cherokee and Appalachian descent and lives on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation. He is a traditional storyteller, mentor and highly influential speaker. Using his gift of storytelling, he travels throughout the U.S. sharing traditional stories and facilitating workshops with Tribal organizations, Universities, K-12 schools and teen treatment centers. Crit has been a featured storyteller at Harvard University, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, Native Wellness Institute and the Native American Training Institute. He uses stories to uplift and inspire listeners to new heights of understanding. Crit is the Founder and Executive Director of the Peacekeeper Society, a Native nonprofit that promotes the traditional art of mentoring. Crit is also a mentor and therapeutic facilitator for the Newport Academy. They are the nation’s leader in providing teen treatment for adolescents suffering from mental health, behavioural health and substance abuse issues. Crit mentors youth, families, staff, and therapists using traditional storytelling, awareness activities and self-empowerment techniques. He focuses on connecting youth with the power of choice and helping them understand that they write their own life story, create their own destiny and tools to heal themselves.