The Schoolyard afterschool program supports 12- to 19-year-old Alaska Native/American Indian students through tutoring, mentoring, and STEM skills-building opportunities. Students learn through workshops and group projects, video-game design/development, community field trips, and educational summer and school-break camps.
In our Techno-culture Camps, youth learn traditional skills like drumming, dance, and fish smoking/canning as they develop STEM skills that can lead to educational and job opportunities. Camps are held throughout the summer and during winter/spring school breaks and are supported by a broad range of community partners.
Each spring, NYO Games Alaska brings together student athletes in grades 7–12 from more than 100 communities statewide to compete in traditional Alaska Native games in the Native Youth Olympics (NYO). Junior NYO also draws hundreds of 1st–6th graders to compete in their own version of the games. NYO influences our young people to improve academic performance, strengthen overall health and well-being, and instills important values, including leadership and respect.
Our digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) is a creative space where students use high-tech design programs, industrial-grade manufacturing machines, and programming tools to transform ideas into reality. Lab students have access to laser cutters, 3-D printers, robotic routers, electronic circuitry, and more.
Created in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this innovative educational space challenges youth to connect to their full science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) potential.
Our Youth Services serve children and students of various ages. Some of our programs are specific to Alaska Native and American Indian students attending classes at specific ASD schools while others are inclusive of all children. Please see each service to understand eligibility requirements.
CONTACT FOR YOUTH SERVICES
Our Tribal PREP program prepares youth for adulthood as they learn how decisions made today affect their future. Young people learn about improved health and well-being, financial literacy, career and educational planning, healthy adolescent development, and family planning resources, among other services.
JOM provides assistance for school supplies, tools, fees, and other costs and supplies in support of the educational, athletic, and vocational needs of Alaska Native/American Indian high school students.
Prevention workgroups are aimed at young people ages 10 – 24, adults, and families with a focus on suicide prevention, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and life-skills and wellness development.
Through a unique partnership with the Anchorage School District (ASD), we offer in-school programs for Alaska Native and American Indian students through culturally responsive core academic classes and support services within select ASD schools. Our classes offer a focus on STEM activities throughout the day, smaller classrooms for more individual attention, and an infusion of Alaska Native culture into lessons and projects.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning labs educate Alaska Native students in grades 3-6 through a year-round mobile, hands-on, creation-based program visiting locations around Anchorage including schools, CITC facilities, and community venues.