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Parents as Mentors

Parents as Mentors, also known as Cultural Foundations, is a program in which parents learn to work with Alaska Native and American Indian students in a classroom environment. For students in grades 3 through 5, Parent Mentors provide supplemental activities to classroom curriculum at select Anchorage School District elementary schools.

Alongside teachers, Parent Mentors provide additional classroom projects that blend culture and curriculum through hands-on learning. Each week parents will receive training and discuss resources, all with continuous support from the CITC team. Trainings will include:

  • Active Learner Certification
  • Bullying Prevention
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Fab Lab utilization
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Activities
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) projects

Throughout the program, parents will add to their portfolios, showcasing their accomplishments. With the help of CITC Fab Lab Instructors and Cultural Advisors, Parent Educators will bring new and exciting activities to the classroom.


Alaska Native/American Indian parents and children attending specific ASD schools are eligible. For more information please contact Youth Empowerment Services at (907) 793-3265.