Alaskan Youth Stewards

Alaskan Youth Stewards (an umbrella title for Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students (TRAYLS) and Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) programs in Southeast Alaska) blends experiential education, on the job training, career counseling and job placement for youth in rural Southeast Alaska to get on the path to higher education and employment in natural resource stewardship.

We are excited to announce Alaskan Youth Stewards is launching its fifth season in 2021!

Overview

The Alaskan Youth Stewards partnership includes tribal governments, tribal corporations, conservation groups, federal and state agencies, not-for-profits, community entities, and committed individuals to deliver programs in Angoon, Hoonah, Kake and on Prince of Wales Island this year. Youth (ages 16-25) are being recruited from throughout the region to gain experience in fisheries, forestry, engineering, recreation, community service and cultural stewardship. Core partners include the US Forest Service, Sealaska Corporation, The Nature Conservancy, National Forest Foundation, and the Native American Agriculture Fund.

Information on the 2021 Season

  • Recruitment and applications will likely become available in April.
  • This year’s season begins with 1 week of “basic training” in back country safety and life skills based in each community.
  • From June – mid-August, crews will spend the bulk of the summer getting on the job training in a variety of natural and cultural resource fields.
  • Projects will likely include activities like trail maintenance, research on cultural wood products, tree coring, and community garden development.

If you are 16 – 25 years of age and are interested in earning a summer income while developing skills in natural resource management, your local Alaskan Youth Stewards program is for you.

 

Site-specific Information

The Hoonah TRAYLS program is hosted by Hoonah Indian Association, for more information, click here.

The Kake YCC program is administered by the Organized Village of Kake.

The Angoon YCC is administered by the Chatham School District and USFS.

The POW youth program is administered by the Klawock Cooperative Association.

 

For more information or general inquiries about Alaskan Youth Stewards, reach out to Spruce Root’s Workforce Development Program Manager, Laurel Stark, at laurel@spruceroot.org.

 

Alaskan Youth Stewards Supporters

The Organized Village of Kasaan, The Organized Village of Kake, Klawock Cooperative Association, The Hoonah Indian Association, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, The Student Conservation Association, SEAWEAD, The Nature Conservancy, The US Forest Service, Native American Agriculture Fund, National Forest Foundation, The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Sealaska Corporation, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, Spruce Root, The State of Alaska.

Alaskan Youth Stewards programs blend experiential education, on the job training, career counseling and job placement for youth in rural Southeast Alaska to develop a path to higher education and employment in natural resource stewardship.