Resilient Alaska Youth (RAY)
RurAL CAP’s Resilient Alaskan Youth (RAY) AmeriCorps program addresses rural Alaska’s high rates of youth substance abuse and suicide through the cultivation of resiliency, supportive relationships, and positive cultural identity.
In collaboration with local partners, RAY AmeriCorps members plan and implement positive youth development and experiential learning through afterschool activities and life-skill building curriculum across 25 communities statewide.
RAY AmeriCorps members are recruited locally from their communities by a sponsoring community program partner like tribal or city councils, local schools, or health clinics. Successful applicants are supervised by a locally identified site supervisor and expected to work closely with community residents. Members serve terms aligned with the academic calendar year and are provided with comprehensive training and support.
Community Program Partners
Anchorage – Campfire Alaska, Covenant House Alaska, Seeds of Change
Atmautluak – Atmautluak Traditional Council
Copper Center - Native Village of Kluti-Kaah
Cordova – Prince William Sound Science Center
Dillingham – Curyung Tribal Council
Hooper Bay – City of Hooper Bay
Kasigluk – Kasigluk Traditional Council
Kiana – Opt-In Kiana
Kenai – Kenaitze Indian Tribe
Nanwalek – Nanwalek IRA Council
New Stuyahok – New Stuyahok Traditional Council
Nulato – Nulato Traditional Council
Sand Point – Pauloff Harbor Tribe
St. Paul – Aleut Community of St. Paul Island
Stebbins – Stebbins IRA
Tetlin – Native Village of Tetlin
RAY AmeriCorps members plan and implement positive youth development and experiential learning afterschool programming activities in local communities. Host an AmeriCorps RAY member to address high rates of youth substance abuse and suicide.
AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation's most pressing challenges. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of AmeriCorps.