On Boarding (access to virtual training modules)


On Boarding is the process of getting a tribe “On Board" with the Avatar Simulations. During On Boarding we provide you with the tools and resources for advertising and educating the community about the simulations. We also provide you with the information about how access the simulations, which will include the keys to logging in.


Turn Awareness into Action.

Trauma, Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention
Build Skills to Support Tribal Youth with "Virtual Tribal" Role-Play Simulations

3 simple steps to introducing virtual tribal simulations in your community

If you've landed here, chances are that you're thinking: How can I help get my community to use these amazing and effective online tools to support our youth? It's simple, but you will need to find the right people to help you. Let's think of this in three easy steps:

Step 1.

Become a Champion

Step 2.

Generate Excitement

Step 3.

Ensure Participation

Step 1: Become A Champion for the "Virtual Tribe" in Your Community

  • Become familiar with the virtual tribal simulations - if you haven't already completed them, be sure to do that soon.
  • Our Tips and Resources are designed to help you communicate about the benifits of these simulations and give you ideas about how and where to use them: school, afterschool programs and community centers, police departments and other security services.
  • Contact OJJDP TYTTAC if you have questions about how these simulations work or how to introduce them into your community.
  • Find out about monthly onboardings by emailing: tribalyouthttacenters@ouhsc.edu

Step 2: Identify Stakeholders and Generate Excitement

The single most successful way to get these programs into the field is to get your school or police department leadership to endorse or mandate using the simulations. These leaders - principals, superintendents, chiefs of police - can make it happen, or may assign someone on their staff to do that. And, by "making it happen," we really mean ASKING and SETTING A DATE for their staff or sudents to use the simulations. Again, you can share our templated Tips and Resources, with these stakeholders.

Why will they care? These leaders are very busy, so why would they take time to learn about these simulations? "What's in it for them?"

School leadership - including Superintendents and Principals - and Police Department leadership - including Chief of Police and Deputy Chief get on board because:

  • These simulations provide measurable outcomes to help address many issues that impact tribal youth:
  • Youth suicide is an epidemic in Indian Country - with rates 4 times higher than that of the general population.
  • Trauma and retraumatization increase arrests, recidivism and conflict.
  • Kognito simulations are evidence-based. This means they reliably deliver skills and self-confidence that support taking action for prevention and early intervention.
  • Kognito simulations are easy to implement. The simulations offer a self-contained learning experience that minimizes the time and expertise needed to provide effective professional learning to staff.
  • Taking the simulations is fun and meaningful for the people who take them - this means little or no "pushback" when asked to complete these short learning modules.
  • Educator simulation satisfies mandates for suicide prevention training in several states; the Law Enforcement simulation delivers nationally recognized continuing education credit.

By the way, more than 95% of education and law enforcement learners would recommend the simulation they took to a colleague! So you and your stakeholders are introducing an activity that will be welcome.

Step 3: Ensure Participation

  • As you hand off the simulations to your stakeholders and their teams, be sure they make a commitment to gain participation.
  • This means setting a date and target number of users - is this a classroom lesson? An in-service training? A professional development requirement?
  • Consider using powerpoint slides to introduce the Virtual Tribal Simulation to the target participants
  • Ask participants to demonstrate completion by handing in a certificate of completion by the requested date (individual certificate are printable once the simulation has been completed)
  • Make sure the stakeholders know about all the resources available
  • Post a flyer in the break room as another visual reminder of the training expectation
  • Send email reminders
  • Technical assistance is available from OJJDP TYTTAC at tribalyouthttacenter@ouhsc.edu
  • Encourage the "Champion" to remind staff of the due date by email several times as the date approaches (email templates provided)
  • Think about using the provided discussion guides to reinforce the simulation content and experience (Discussion Guide provided)