Health & Well-Being

Through community-driven programming and services, RurAL CAP finds solutions for locally identified needs via youth development, community wellness, and healing. While operating as a provider of related training and technical assistance, we provide National Service, Wellness, and Training and Technical Assistance programs throughout the state.

National Service

We operate multiple Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) programs including Senior Corps Elder Mentor (Foster Grandparent Program), AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and Resilient Alaska Youth (RAY) AmeriCorps. These National Service Programs aim to improve the lives of low-income Alaskans and foster civic engagement statewide. As a host, we provide training and support for our program partners and their National Service volunteers.

Elder Mentor Program

Our Elder Mentor Program involves volunteers over age 55 who support the improvement of academic engagement and school readiness in children.
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AmeriCorps VISTA Program

The AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program places volunteers at nonprofit organizations and public agencies that serve to alleviate poverty. The VISTA members themselves address critical community needs through full time hands-on service or capacity-building activities.
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RAY AmeriCorps Program

The Resilient Alaskan Youth (RAY) AmeriCorps involves youth volunteers who cultivate resiliency, supportive relationships, and cultural identity in others to address youth substance abuse and suicide.
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Our Wellness programs focus on community-wide education, prevention, support, and healing related to substance abuse and suicide through Youth Development and Culture Grants, Youth and Tobacco Prevention, Sacred Beginnings, Hooper Bay Wellness Project, and the Rural Providers’ Conference (RPC).

Youth Development & Culture Grants

The Youth Development and Culture Grants is a mini-grant program that supports youth leadership and cultural activities in rural Alaska Native communities through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation.
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Youth Tobacco Prevention

We work toward a tobacco-free Alaska by engaging with youth through the Youth Encouraging Alaskans’ Health (YEAH) Teen Ambassadors, a statewide youth advocacy coalition, and by providing Training and Technical Assistance to the youth-serving grantees of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Tobacco Prevention and Control. We also support statewide organizations interested in learning more about youth tobacco prevention.
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Sacred Beginnings

The Sacred Beginnings project works to increase Head Start families’ daily physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables through various educational opportunities. The project provides a hydroponic garden wall in each participating Head Start.

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Hooper Bay Wellness Program

The Hooper Bay Wellness Project uses a five-step evidence-based process known as the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to prevent substance abuse through community-driven, upstream prevention approaches.
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Rural Providers’ Conference

RPC is an annual gathering hosted in partnership with local, regional, and statewide partners to unite traditional Alaska Native knowledge and modern frameworks to prevent alcohol and substance abuse. This conference also includes facilitated activities centered on youth and tribal justice.
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Training & Technical Assistance

Our Training and Technical Assistance programs involve the prevention of at-risk behaviors and intervention of delinquency in rural communities.

The Resource Basket

Our Resource Basket Training and Technical Assistance Center helps rural communities support healthy, successful, and culturally connected Alaska Native youth by offering a hub of training, resources, technical assistance, and networking opportunities.
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Alaska Tribal Justice Resource Center

Our Alaska Tribal Justice Resource Center supports the development and enhancement of tribal justice in rural Alaskan communities. We provide access to statewide nonprofit, public, and tribal relationships, in addition to nationwide partnerships, affiliations, and services as needed.
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