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.

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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.