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As a potential-based organization, we believe strengths, not weaknesses, are the proper starting point for designing programs to fulfill our mission. We help people help themselves by providing access to the tools for self-sufficiency and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem and self-empowerment.

At CITC, we forge strong partnerships with like-minded organizations, resulting in greater collective impact and expanded service capacity within our community. We provide opportunities for gaining knowledge, skills, and employment. We lend a helping hand to individuals in recovery, and support the integrity and well-being of children and families.

We believe that personal responsibility is essential for the fulfillment of potential, and is the cornerstone of our partnership with those whom we serve.

Through four core service areas, CITC provides educational and youth support services, workforce training and job development, child and family services, and recovery and re-entry support to more than 10,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in the Cook Inlet region each year:

Youth Education and Support
CITC’s educational programming promotes enrollment in rigorous, academically challenging coursework, increasing proficiency in math, reading and science, while connecting students with their culture and self-identity:

  • Each year, nearly 2,000 students receive academic support, tutoring, and cultural activities that focus on technology and skills-building through CITC’s academic and cultural support programs.
  • Our high school programs within the Anchorage School District are CITC’s longest running programs and have achieved a 91 percent graduation rate, as compared to the ASD rate of 57 percent for Alaska Native/American Indian students.
  • About 200 people use CITC’s Fab Lab annually, with volunteers and students spending more than 900 hours engaged in STEM-based projects and activities.
  • CITC’s dual-credit courses allow a yearly average of 35 high school students to earn college-level math credit through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Our Schoolyard program enrolls nearly 40 students each quarter for tutoring and academic and cultural support; those students log about 1,300 hours of tutoring hours, including about 700 hours devoted to STEM-enrichment activities.
  • More than 2,000 student athletes from 100 communities statewide participate in NYO Games Alaska every year, with 75 percent of those who take part in senior games citing NYO as an incentive to stay in school.

Workforce Development
By working closely with state and federal agencies, community and tribal non-profits, universities, vocational training centers, employers, and Native corporations, CITC is able to provide a wider array of training and employment assistance opportunities to its participants:

  • Over 600 job seekers find gainful employment through CITC employment programs each year.
  • Almost 300 participants are empowered to move from welfare programs to employment each year.
  • CITC’s training and workforce development services have helped increase worker wages by an average of about $8 per hour.
  • An average of 900 individuals find employment support through the Alaska’s People Career Development Center.
  • Our Health Professions Opportunity Grant program, renewed in 2016, will train and connect nearly 600 individuals to meaningful careers in the health care industry over the next five years.
  • About 1,200 people access driver’s education, professional attire, bus passes, gas vouchers, professional/licensing fees, and housing connections through CITC’s Supportive Services each year.
  • CITC’s drop-in Childcare Center serves about 675 families with about 1,000 children annually.

Keeping Families Together
CITC’s child and family services provide crisis intervention and a continuum of child welfare services ranging from abuse prevention to family preservation. All of CITC’s strengths-based family support programs promote positive child development, active family involvement, and healthy lifestyles:

  • More than 200 parents are served annually in responsible parenting and healthy relationship classes.
  • Every year, roughly 85 families engage in services promoting family reunification from foster care.
  • An annual average of 30 families receive Intensive Family Preservation services from CFS.
  • About 75 percent of fathers involved in case management learn to be better parents and increased contact with their children.
  • More than 90 percent of our participating families maintain healthy living environments safe from abuse and neglect and retain their children in their care.

Recovery and Re-entry Services
Our recovery services provide a comprehensive approach to substance abuse support centered on using case management to coordinate care through three main areas focus — residential, outpatient, and intervention:

  • CITC Recovery Services maintains an average completion rate of more than 70 percent across all services (excluding Chanlyut), compared to the national average of less than 50 percent among comparable services.
  • Our Recovery Journey program participants demonstrate improvement across every outcome measure for living a healthy, stable, and productive life 12 months after leaving the program.
  • CITC’s Peer Support Network engages more than 1200 individuals each year with over 60 outreach activities.

As a two-year residential and re-education program for men recovering from addiction, homelessness, or incarceration, CITC’s Chanlyut program promotes self-sufficiency and self-determination through workforce development and life-skills building:

  • More than 200 men have used Chanlyut services since 2007.
  • Over 80 percent of Chanlyut graduates are gainfully employed, have stable housing, and have reconnected with their families.
  • The recidivism rate for Chanlyut graduates is less than 20 percent — a sharp decline from the state of Alaska average of 66 percent.
  • Participation in Chanlyut equates to a savings of nearly $1 million per year, on average, to the Alaska Department of Corrections in equivalent days of incarceration.
  • Chanlyut Social Enterprises generate about $746,000 in earned income each year and provide roughly $183,000 in net income, covering over 40 percent of the program costs.

Special Programs

  • CITC annually provides over $1.3 million worth of toys and clothing to more than 6,000 families in need across Alaska in collaboration with our 42 statewide non-profit partners through the Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) program.
  • We brighten the holidays for more than 1,500 children from low-income families through nearly $40,000 in gift cards through the Christmas Basket program.