YOUTH SERVICES
YOUTH SERVICES
Strengthening Tribal Youth Cultural Identity, Academia & Leadership Skills

KIC’s Education and Training Department offers a variety of youth-centered programs and services. Ketchikan Indian Community’s Youth Programs provide traditional teaching for tribal and community youth focused on strengthening tribal youth’s cultural identity, academic achievement, and leadership skills. Native knowledge, ways of knowing and worldviews are highly regarded in KIC’s youth programing and are reflected in all activities.

Contact

Sonya Skan, Deputy Director

Education & Training Department

Phone: 907-228-9374

Email: sskan@kictribe.org

TRIBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
An Advanced Education Program

The Tribal Scholars Program is an advanced education program open to all Native secondary students in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District. It offers a supportive, engaging, and culturally-enriched educational alternative.

Tribal Scholars provides enrolled students with all of the core credits necessary for their high school diploma—English, science, mathematics, and social studies—at KIC’s Tribal Youth Center under the guidance of tribal teachers who provide academic counseling and monitoring of each student’s educational engagement and progress. Additionally, students have unique opportunities to learn the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages, as well as earn college science credits for traditional gathering and subsistence practices through a partnership with UAS-Ketchikan. The program operates from 8:00 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. each morning and requires students to attend either Ketchikan High School or Revilla Alternative School each afternoon to take elective courses.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Any Alaska Native or American Indian student within Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District
  • Complete Application and Interview Process
Native Art Program

Enrolled students learn cedar bark weaving, basketry, hat-making, moccasin making, tunic-making, button robe-making, beading and Northwest Coast formline design. Special guest instructors also provided instruction in carving and lithograph painting.

Interested students should sign up during scheduling.

Haida Language Class (Kayhi)

Enrolled students learn Xaad Kíl using curriculum and a learning path that meets district Foreign Language Proficiency standards. Special guest instructors also provide instruction on genealogy and cultural practices and protocol.

Interested students should sign up during scheduling.

FOCUSED PATHWAYS PROGRAM (FPP)
An Advanced Education Program

Focused Pathways Program is an educational cohort program for Alaska Native and American Indian students ages 12-21 within the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District. In close partnership with KGBSD, KIC’s FPP will offer targeted services to current students and recent graduates or those who need a GED or other training to offer clear pathways to post-secondary education and employment. These pathways will include opportunities for college credit and/or career/technical credentials offered through a community learning environment. FPP is made possible by a 4-year US Department of Education discretionary grant.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Any Alaska Native or American Indian student within Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District
  • Complete Application and Interview Process
TRIBAL YOUTH PROGRAM
After School Program
  • Located at the Tribal Youth Center at 615 Stedman. Offered Monday - Friday from 2:30-5pm
  • AI/AN Students 6th - 12th Grade
  • Activities include homework help, computer access, games, Native arts & crafts
Tribal Youth Summer Program
  • Annually June - August, Based on calendar availability
  • AI/AN Students 6th - 12th Grade
  • Activities include picking seaweed, gumboots, fishing, berry picking, hiking, swimming and harvesting cedar.
YOUTH RESILIENCY-BUILDING GRANTS PROGRAM
Accessing Community-Based Activities

KIC’s Youth Services operates the Youth Resiliency-Building grant program to assist tribal children and youth ages 0-18 in accessing community-based activities that promote healthy lifestyles, relationship development, skill-building, and community engagement. Awards up to $400 per year per applicant.

Funded Activities Must Meet Eligibility Criteria as Follows:
  • An activity or event that is sponsored or hosted by an organization
  • Have consistent adult supervision and leadership
  • Be directly linked to the development of one or more of the following Protective Factors:
  • Development of strong positive social support system (i.e. healthy relationship-building activities with family/parents, adults and/or peers)
  • Healthy lifestyle practices
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Feeling of control over one’s own life
  • Spirituality connectedness & development
  • Substance use avoidance
  • Economic security
  • Constructive recreational opportunities
  • Community bonding
  • Consistent home/family routine
  • Regular school attendance & academic performance
Eligibility Requirements
  • KIC enrolled member
  • Resident on Revillagigedo Island
  • Income eligible

Contact

Sonya Skan, Deputy Director

Education & Training Department

Phone: 907-228-9374

Email: sskan@kictribe.org

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