Rural Alaska Community Action Program
Over the course of three years, 45 AmeriCorps Members from remote, rural Alaska, 15 each year, will serve their own, predominantly Alaska Native communities by helping local wellness coalitions to plan, implement, evaluate and reflect on service projects which build youth resiliency and prevent substance abuse/suicide in youth ages 12 to 18. Activities include connecting youth to culture and supportive adult relationships; engaging youth and community volunteers in meaningful, youth-led service activities; and building youth skills through peer education or leadership training. This project will begin in January, 2013, and will end in January, 2015. Three-year outcomes are 3,375 youth will have increased their resiliency and 45 organizations will become more effective in promoting youth resiliency. The annual CNCS investment of $195,000 will be matched with $288,861 from other sources.