**We hope to have a 2020 season, and ask for patience from all interested parties as we work to understand how COVID-19 will impact the season. We are monitoring the public health situation diligently, and working with partners to determine the best way forward to keep our communities safe. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.**
Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders & Students (TRAYLS) blends experiential education, on the job training, career counseling and job placement for rural youth in Southeast Alaska to get on the path to higher education and employment in natural resource stewardship.
We are excited to announce TRAYLS is launching its fourth season in 2020!
We have developed a TRAYLS partnership that includes tribal governments, tribal corporations, conservation groups, federal and state agencies to deliver TRAYLS programs in Hoonah, Kake and on Prince of Wales Island this year. Students from ages 16-25 are being recruited from throughout the region to gain experience in fisheries, forestry, engineering, recreation, community service and cultural stewardship. Crew leadership is being provided by SCA along with mentors from the US Forest Service, Sealaska Corporation, The Nature Conservancy, SEAWEAD, HIA, and tribal culture bearers in each community.
- This year’s season begins with 1 week of “basic training” in back country safety and life skills in Kake.
- From early June – mid-August, crews will be based in Hoonah and Kake, spending the bulk of the summer getting on the job training in a variety of natural and cultural resource fields.
- At the end of the summer, we will rejoin the whole group for an evaluation week to provide one on one counseling for each participant and to facilitate group discussions about the future of rural communities and role the TRAYLS program can play in contributing to community well-being.
If you are 16 – 25 years of age and are interested in earning a summer income while developing skills in natural resource management, the TRAYLS program is for you.
For information about the Hoonah
program hosted by Hoonah Indian Association, click here
application deadline is April 15.
Apply to the Kake
program with the Organized Village of Kake, here
For more information about TRAYLS, reach out to Spruce Root’s Workforce Development Program Manager, Laurel Stark, at email@example.com