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12/28/2011 - Alaska Native Heritage Center receives ANA Grant


Alaska Native Heritage Center receives ANA Grant


The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is pleased to announce that they were
recently awarded a three-year grant through the Administration for Native Americans
(ANA) Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program. ANA's FY 2012
SEDS goals and program areas of interest are focused on strengthening children,
families, and communities through community-based organizations, tribes, and village
governments. The purpose of ANA is to promote the goal of economic and social selfsufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and other Native
American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa Natives.

The ANHC will be implementing a three-year Youth Development project whose goal is
to improve community connectedness and both educational and vocational outcomes
for Alaska Native youth ages 14-25. ANHC believes that a sense of community support
and the connections established within a community are closely tied to educational and
vocational outcomes for Native youth. Using a culturally based approach, the proposed
project will develop weekly classes and one-to-one coaching for students to provide
guidance with high school graduation requirements , set educational and vocational
goals for after high school, and access resources to support their goals. ANHC also will
develop weekly activities to assist students to become more aware of and connected to
the Native community within Anchorage, including planning youth-led community
events.

Additionally, the project will develop up to 30 new internship jobs in ANHC program
operations areas that would be most likely to build skills for entry level competitive
employment, and will incorporate job readiness coaching into these internships to
improve the transition to regular employment.

This three-year project will serve 100 youth per year and will achieve the following
objectives: 1) The ANHC Youth Development Project will develop and infuse community
connectedness curriculum and classes, for 85 youth each year who are involved in
ANHC’s High School Program, in order to combat the effects of cultural alienation and
community fragmentation. 2) develop and infuse graduation/career/job readiness
curriculum, classes and coaching for up to 85 youth each year who are involved in
ANHC’s High School Program (HSP) or internship programs. 3) develop and implement
30 part-time paid youth internships each year that are based on core competencies in
program operations, which include job-readiness and skills for regular paid employment.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing,
perpetuating, and preserving Alaska Native cultures, languages, traditions and values through celebration and education. It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage, just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more information about other events and programs, visit www.alaskanative.net

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