There is a Navajo saying that someone who misbehaves “acts as if he had no relatives.” The Navajo (Diné) traditional value of k’é-the principle that all created beings are related to each other and owe familial duties to one another-underpins all behavior and stands for connection, relationship, and proper roles among all created beings. K’é is a fundamental word that carries an automatic directive to be compassionate and to revere one another, especially one’s own children and life partner.
Family is at the heart of Navajo culture. For struggling young men, there is no work more important than fatherhood and family engagement. It is Capacity Builders Inc.’s goal to strengthen Navajo families by responsibly involving fathers in the lives of their children, families, and communities. Our approach is based on a culturally rich model that inspires and motivates young fathers to devote their best efforts in teaching and raising children to develop their potential and the attributes needed for success in life.
The Navajo Nation Second Chance Young Fathers Initiative is the vehicle that allows us to accomplish these principles and goal[s?]. Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, CBI’s Second Chance Project provides valuable training, mentoring, and support opportunities for young Navajo males who have been incarcerated or are involved with drug, alcohol, and other risky behaviors. Through this grant, CBI is able to offer:
If you are a Navajo or Native American male between the ages of 14-24 who has had dealings with the corrections system or who is currently incarcerated, CBI urges you to register for this free opportunity. We will do everything within our power to support you and your strive to obtain the traditional value of k’é back into your life and family.